Are you a stoner looking for your dream job? Then look no further than the Pacific Northwest.
The state of Washington is looking to hire a “marijuana consultant” who will advise elected officials such as Gov. Jay Inslee on everything there is to know about the green, sweet-smelling “Kush,” according to a Jan. 30 AP report.
Who knew that your high school guidance counselor would be wrong when they said a bong is no recipe for workplace success. The cannabis-related job opening is expected to draw thousands of enthusiastic applicants. Officials expect to make a hiring decision by March.
The weed consultant will advise state officials on how marijuana is best grown, dried, tested, labeled, and packaged. They’ll even be interested in how the “Kush” can be cooked into brownies or incorporated into candy.
As a result of recent state legislation, Washington and Colorado are expected to increase their annual tax revenue by billions by way of licensed marijuana sales. Advocates say that legal use will lead to less crime while protecting libertarian rights. Opponents say that legalization will corrode values and morals.
There are four skill sets the state government is looking for in their marijuana consultant:
- Product and industry knowledge with “at least three years of consulting experience relating to the knowledge of the cannabis industry, including but not limited to product growth, harvesting, packaging, product infusion and product safety”
- Knowledge of quality testing (hey, the government wants to make sure you get high)
- Statistical knowledge of how much marijuana the state’s licensed growers should produce
- Development of regulations which requires a “strong understanding of state, local or federal government processes”
Legal sales of marijuana will begin in Dec. 2013 and will be available to adults over the age of 21. The Liquor Control Board is charged with developing rules for the marijuana industry. On Wednesday, dozens of applicants traveled to Tacoma to learn more about the hiring process and to apply for the job.
Colorado and Washington are the only two states where consumers can use marijuana for recreational purposes and without any medical prescriptions. Last month, President Barack Obama (who admitted to using marijuana and cocaine in his younger days) hinted that catching marijuana smokers is a low priority for the Justice Department, saying in a television interview that he had “bigger fish to fry” than to put a bunch of weed smokers in jail.
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