Cannabis has already, and will continue to, create thousands of jobs over the next few years and you might be thinking about trying to get one. It’s common to hear people say they want to get into the industry, but fear what their friends and family might think of their decision.
There are plenty of excellent reasons to join the cannabis industry and explaining those to your parents or other family members in a thoughtful way may be all you need to get their blessing.
To get you started, here are a few talking points to consider when telling your parents you are going to work in weed:
“The cannabis industry will be worth $24 billion by 2020.”
According to New Frontier Data, a market research firm focused on legal cannabis, the weed market will be worth $24 billion by 2026. That makes cannabis one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and one that is on pace to create more jobs than manufacturing by 2020.
Sure, cannabis is still considered a federally illegal drug. But when you consider the sheer amount of tax revenue states are collecting from their legal or medicinal cannabis sales and the jobs being created for their residents, it’s hard to imagine legal cannabis going away.
Opportunities with this much growth potential do not come around very often. Looking back, if your parents had the opportunity to be a first mover during the internet boom, odds are they would have jumped in.
“The playing field is wide open in cannabis.”
Unlike other more established industries like tech that already have quite the ruling class set in stone, the cannabis industry is a wide open playing field. Explain to your parents that you can work your way up to a leadership role, or start your own company, much easier in cannabis than other industries. And there are plenty of investors eyeing the cannabis industry that are willing to invest money in a great idea.
“Working in cannabis means working for social good.”
One of the greatest draws for many people working in cannabis is the sense that they are in an industry working for social good. Whether you are passionate about providing life saving medicine to those patients who are desperate for a natural and more effective treatment, or you want to see our country address the criminal justice and mass incarceration issues we are dealing with because of the War On Drugs, or maybe you are interested in ways cannabis may help those addicted to more harmful drugs like opioids, the cannabis industry offers a place to affect change.
What parent wouldn’t want their kid in working in an industry with massive growth and opportunities from an economic perspective, but also one that feeds the soul with purpose?
“Having a cannabis job on my resume won’t stop me from getting mainstream jobs in the future. ”
As most parents do, yours might be worried about your backup plan if the cannabis industry doesn’t pan out for you. A common concern is that having a cannabis job on your resume will affect your ability to get a “mainstream” job in the future.
While this concern may have been an issue in the past, those days seem to be behind us. The mainstream world is way more open to the cannabis industry than ever before, with big companies like Scott’s Miracle-Gro even interested in diving in.
The cannabis industry of today has more possibilities to use hard skills aligned with your degree or previous experience and interests, like programming or marketing, than the cannabis industry of the past whose jobs were more cultivation-centered. With all the innovations and technology being created for weed, you can work in cannabis while further sharpening your skills that can be used in future jobs.