To the uninitiated it can come as a surprise that so many professionals both in and out of the cannabis space are of the “all day, everyday” persuasion. Either freely imbibing or secretly getting stoned throughout the day, the results are the same; shit gets done. We’re not a giggly bunch who just took our first hit out of an apple or pop can. Cannabis use isn’t detrimental or an impediment but rather the differentiating factor in our discovery of successes previously thought to be unattainable.

In the face of a changing nation where dabs are the new crack and Pulitzer Prize winners are convinced they have died after eating too much edibles, the modern cannabis enthusiast walks a fine line from budroom to boardroom.

The corporate world of serviced offices, local amenities and daily human interaction is more palatable and less stressful after a few deep breaths of your favorite strain. Multiple visits to a parking structure, alley, balcony or unoccupied floor throughout the day are best to keep workplace incidents to a minimum and morale high.

For even the lucky few whose professions encourage and call for a love of cannabis to be unabashed, totally biased and in your face, cohabitation with those who deem our lifestyle an abomination is unavoidable. Generally speaking, their opinions are informed by the uniformed. Their interest in our cannabis use is a clever way in that they make themselves feel superior to you. Continue to indulge them; it’s their best source of education.

Similar to the notion that kicking somebodies teeth in on your first day in prison is the best way to let fellow inmates know you’re not to be trifled with on the yard, it is necessary to navigate the office with disregard for authority, order and the status quo. The days of covering up the residual olfactory bliss after puffing a cone of Ghost Train Haze are over. Waft in it and walk around to everybody’s personal space. Get the workplace used to the smell of success.

The aroma of expertly grown properly flushed and perfectly cured bud is no more offensive than the microwaved leftovers of an ethnically diverse floor of cigarette smokers.

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Impressing upon the many chuckleheads you encounter the benefits of medicated working as they slug down their umpteenth coffee of the morning is a tiring exercise but it strengthens your resolve against those dunces that adhere to only “normal” conventions. To be a boss, you’ve got to act like a boss. Suffer no fools and make no excuses for yourself!

It’s easy to sniff out the office narc(s). Pleated trousers and blazers with shoulder pads may serve to identify critics. Their passive aggression is palpable and inviting. At the expense of etiquette, it is practical to maintain a presence among the confidants of your detractors. Provided adeptness at winning friends and influencing people, there shouldn’t be a problem infiltrating the office social circle of the staunchest cannabis prohibitionists.

Working amongst those of the “straight world” persuasion can be a learning experience for cannabis enthusiasts too. Regular interface with that which we are unaccustomed delivers the opportunity to develop and hone skills that might otherwise not be fostered.

It is hard to maintain a look of indifference when somebody is crying their eyes out or screaming at the top of their lungs right in your doorway. Largely untaught in business school and MBA programs, acquiring statuesque tendencies benefits both self and organization alike. An unbothered expression is worth more than the litany of cost cutting expenses serving as justifications for improving the bottom line.

Cannabis consumption provides the user an ability to make observations and contemplate choices in ways that the tethered mind cannot comprehend. It is an important business tool. It allows its possessor the ability to look at situations from other’s perspectives and consider different points of view opposed to making rash decisions. A quick puff or dab sure beats the hell out of the three-martini-lunch when charting the course of history.

Working while stoned, mundane tasks become exciting and double-checking your work is second nature. As your awareness is strengthened, doing a better job than someone who doesn’t use cannabis motivates many to soar to great heights.

This is the new normal. Make them get used to it.

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