Legalized marijuana stores in the U.S. state of Colorado have been busy hunting for labor amid a business boom, with temporary employees filling a definite need.
Just over a month into Colorado’s landmark experiment in marijuana legalization, the pot business has continued to skyrocket.
Shannon Foreman, owner of the Denver-based staffing agency Hemp Temps, said temporary jobs are in great demand in recreational marijuana stores.
“We look for bud tenders, trimmers, growers, consultants, general laborers,” said Foreman, who began as a trimmer herself.
Foreman gets 40 to 50 job applicants a day through the Hemp Temps website, allowing her to help ensure the pot stores are always fully staffed.
She added that the past few weeks have been very busy for her. “You know, placing people, making sure they showed up, making sure they clocked in, making sure payroll’s going smoothly. It’s a lot of work.”
Temps work well in a business where some jobs, plant trimmers for example, aren’t required every day, a pot store owner noted.
“It’s kind of a cyclical need. You may not always need a certain number of people working, if your harvest isn’t coming in,” said Elliott Klug, owner of the Pink House Blooms.
William Schlesinger is such a temporary worker at the Ballpark Holistic Dispensary in Denver.
“I love my job, I love every part about it. Some days I’m a trimmer, some days I’m a bud tender, some days I work in the garden,” Schlesinger said.
As a temp worker, Schlesinger said his work address is constantly changing.
“I mean I get to go to different places every day, get to meet new people, get to do different things, don’t get burned out on one thing or another. Yeah, it’s just a lot of fun being a temp worker.”
“They offered me a full-time gig today and I said ‘no thanks’,” Schlesinger added.
Shannon Foreman, owner of the only full-service marijuana staffing agency in Colorado, said she sees a lucrative niche market in the business. An NBC survey of 18 retail marijuana businesses in Colorado suggests the newly legalized industry paid anywhere from 1.24 million to 3 million U.S. dollars in taxes in January.
“There are just so many possibilities within this industry so I kind of want to branch out,” she said.
Foreman said her goal now is to go national, right along with stores that sell pot.
“Why not me? Why not us?”