Anyone that’s ever been to a cannabis dispensary knows that the experience wouldn’t be complete without the friendly familiar smile of your favorite budtender. Maybe they know you by name, or maybe they really hooked you up one time by making your purchase a little fatter than it was supposed to be, or maybe you just have a huge cannabis crush on them. Whatever the reason is that you’ve continued to give them your business, buying weed wouldn’t be the same without their knowledge and guidance. These people are obviously a part of the service industry, but they do so much more than that when it comes to helping you find the product that will best fit your individual needs. Despite the fact that budtenders are so important in the process of purchasing cannabis, they are often treated as if they are disposable by the dispensaries that hire them. There have already been countless cases of employees being mistreated by their bosses, or even more commonly, fired without cause or warning. These kinds of practices are despicable and need to become a thing of the past, but in reality it is just the tip of the iceberg.
Getting paid to work with weed. It sounds like a dream come true, right? Well that might be a big part of the problem. There are often times hundreds of applicants for these kinds of jobs, which leads dispensary owners to believe that they can recycle employees whenever they like. It also keeps people from making too much money at a dispensary because after a few months or so, instead of giving raises to employees, owners find it easier to just replace them with new people that will be happy to work for minimum wage. One of my friends in LA has gone through three different budtender jobs and each time that he was fired it was simply because the owner decided to do a complete staff overhaul with no notice. While there may be hundreds of people that are interested in these jobs, all applicants were clearly not created equal. Many of these people have no clue about the ins and outs of cannabis, let alone edibles and hash oil. This is incredibly irresponsible because these people are in charge of medicine that is very important to some of their clients. Another issue is that lots of people that might actually make good applicants, have absolutely dismal resumes. In some ways it makes sense, if you truly have spent your whole life dedicated to cannabis then your relevant work experience is probably going to be something like drug dealer or major pot head, which doesn’t really jump of the page on a resume.
What’s even worse is that there has been a very strong trend of shop owners completely ignoring the need for well informed budtenders, and opting instead for sexy women that have to wear skimpy outfits. I can’t think of anything more delegitimizing than having bikini babes working at a medicinal cannabis dispensary. One solution to this problem is the emergence of online cannabis schools that have made a specialty out of educating and certifying budtenders. By having a legitimate certification and a quality education on their resume, students of these schools have been able to stand out as the clear choice to hire. Obviously my recommendation when looking at your options for cannabis schools would be THC University, the oldest online cannabis school that exists. While getting your certifications will clearly help you get a good job in this industry, I think we need to address the bigger issue, which is that shop owners aren’t prioritizing the right things when picking their budtenders. Hopefully we can get the message across as a community, as long as we can keep ourselves from staring too much at the half naked girl that is currently selling us our cannabis.