- know how to use a cash register and have an average level of numeracy
- have good web-searching skills
- know where to find medical marijuana information
- tend towards scientific nerdism
- understand how cannabinoid receptors work
- have a passing knowledge of weed jargon
- have first hand knowledge of marijuana use
Note: possession of a valid medical marijuana registration card will be viewed favorably.
Salary: $10 to $20 per hour
Okay, so we made it up but only because, although such jobs really do exist, they’re not widely advertised and come mainly by word-of-mouth.
At GreenLeaf Farm in Boulder, Colorado, owner Jan Cole has hired five or six budtenders whose knowledge on the subject impressed her. She says that University of Colorado students make good budtenders and those she has employed became marijuana patients following skiing or snowboarding injuries.
Cole says of her student budtenders:
“They work hard. They study it. They actually do homework and write things about the strains. They’re very much into it. They’re people who plan on making this their lifelong career.”
She also knows of an architecture student who hopes to design greenhouses if marijuana becomes strictly regulated.
One of Cole’s budtenders, Sarah Reidy, hasn’t decided yet if she will make her career in medical marijuana but she says it is a possibility. Reidy is majoring in English and political science at the University of Colorado to help her fulfil her plans for a career in law. However, when she worked as an intern for a Denver lawyer specializing in medical marijuana, Reidy became so fascinated with the industry that she decided to take a look at the dispensary side of things. She was amazed to discover that budtending might be termed as one of the ‘caring professions.’
In particular, she remembers a woman who came in as a new patient who, in Reidy’s words ‘just looked sick.’ Reidy goes on to say:
“While I was explaining to her how the caregiver process works, she had to excuse herself (to the bathroom). She was afraid she was going to be sick. After we talked about the caregiver process, she was able to purchase her medicine.”
And, when the same patient came back, a week later?
“She was smiling, energetic. She was so happy I remembered her name. I was able to help her get medicine to keep her feeling like that.”
Will hopeful applicants please form an orderly queue.