Ask a budtender: how do I get a job in the cannabis industry?

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Lorena Cupcake, voted “best budtender in Chicago” in 2019, has answered hundreds of questions from cannabis shoppers and patients during their time as a budtender. And now they’re turning that experience into a monthly advice column, Ask a budtender. Got a question for Cupcake? Submit your questions to askabudtender@weedmaps.com.   Hey Cupcake! Since COVID hit, I have been employed by two companies. One I left in March for another I had hoped would become permanent. No such thing happened and in November of 2020 I was laid off and have been struggling to find work again. Not too many places are hiring and the places that are hiring for my skill set are places I sort of want to avoid.  That being said, how did you get your start in the cannabis industry? I have a friend who is a paralegal for a bud company here in Chicago and she’s told me it’s all about connections. I don’t have connections and it’s not like I can go to a social event anytime soon. What would your advice be to get into the cannabis industry? I am knowledgeable about cannabis and I think I’m down to earth. Any advice? Dear Down to Earth, If you like smoking herb, that’s half the battle. Like most folks working in the cannabis industry, the story really begins the first time I sparked a bowl. Having an affectionate familiarity with cannabis is one of the most important prerequisites for making bud your livelihood.  I got my start as part of a pilot program for medical cannabis, more than two years before Illinois made its first recreational sale. As a patient, I was able to visit my local dispensary and learn more about different cannabis products. I submitted a job application that emphasized my experience in writing…

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