As we hope you know by now, DigBoston is hosting the region’s first-ever cannabis industry convention, from January 31 to February 1, at the Castle at Park Plaza on Arlington Street. The New England Cannabis Convention’s Boston debut will feature vendors including Green Side Up Gallery, HTG Supply, CBD Please, Piffery, and others during two full days of programming and speakers covering aspects of the industry from horticulture to medical marijuana law. With countless high notes to look forward to, we reached out to Shaleen Title, of the THC Staffing Group, for a taste of what’s to come.
What’s THC Staffing Group looking to accomplish at the convention in January?
We’re hoping to meet and recruit lots of bright, hardworking job-seekers who are passionate about marijuana. I knew this event was being run by genuine local supporters bringing together everyone connected to the marijuana movement and industry. I’m a believer in the power of the people, and it’s about time we all got together in the same room. I’m looking forward to exhibiting and to speaking.
Tell us about THC Staffing. When did it start and how is it going?
My best friend and I started THC Staffing this summer after 10 years of experience in the movement to legalize marijuana and now the new industry. We’ve seen that marijuana businesses want to hire talented people from all kinds of backgrounds, but they need help finding the right candidates. So we started the business to match people with their dream jobs in the marijuana industry.
Are you filling positions yet in Boston? What type?
Yes! Although we are a small firm with a select few clients at a time, we are seeking candidates from all backgrounds—if the perfect job isn’t available now, it may be in the future. We are especially seeking candidates with experience in customer service, HR, accounting, management, security, horticulture/botany, science/chemistry, or IT/web design, as well as people who have worked in the marijuana industry in other states. People who can’t make it to the convention are welcome to submit their resumes on our website.
Will further cannabis reform create new jobs in Massachusetts?
Well, the first priority is to get our medical marijuana program up and running so that the patients who are desperately waiting can access their medicine. I think we are all on the same page on that. Once that’s taken care of, I’m looking forward to ramping up support and starting the discussion about our state’s 2016 initiative. Colorado is estimated to have over 10,000 people in positions related to marijuana, so the number of jobs to be created is significant.
I’m working on my resume as we speak.