Different strains of pot are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver on Dec. 27, 2013.
Different strains of pot are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver on Dec. 27, 2013. Brennan Linsley—AP

Wanna Work With Weed? Marijuana Job Fair in Denver This Week

Mar 10, 2014

Your dreams of becoming a "budtender" could come true this week during "CannaSearch," a first-ever weed-related job fair in Denver.

This Thursday, March 13, a very special, first-of-its-kind job fair is being held in Denver. It has been dubbed "CannaSearch," and as the name indicates, it's a marijuana-themed gathering intended to match job seekers with Colorado employers in the cannabis industry—a field that one is now all but required to cutely describe as "fast-growing" and/or "budding."

At last check, 15 employers were scheduled to participate in the event, being held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Denver headquarters of the job fair's sponsor and host, O.PenVAPE, a company that specializes in vaporizer pens that get filled with cannabis oil—and that also bills itself as the "the largest national brand in cannabis."

No advanced registration is necessary for job seekers. Everyone in attendance must, however, be 21 or older. And to answer the question on everyone's minds: The event is strictly smoke-free.

Participating cannabusinesses looking to hire include medical marijuana dispensaries such as Walking Raven, the online school Cannabis Hemp Academy, an online school, and My 420 Tours, which runs marijuana-themed adventure tours in Colorado and cannabis growing and cooking classes. The positions that companies want to fill range from tour guides to graphic designers to web developers, as well as retail employees and "budtenders" in recreational pot stores and lab workers operating behind the scenes.

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Todd Mitchen, the chief revenue officer at host company O.PenVAPE, told the Denver Business Journal that the event will be a classy affair, complete with velvet ropes and food for all in attendance. As of Monday, slightly over 400 people said they would be at the job fair on the CannaSearch Facebook page. The actual turnout could be much larger. Job seekers are expected to be driving in from nearby states to attend the event, which could attract 1,000 people, maybe more.

Again, Mitchem noted, the job fair will be a non-smoking event. "We anticipate turnout will be high ... but not ‘high,’" Mitchem said. "Seriously, this is a fun event, but keep your cannabis at home.”

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