5 Cannabis Jobs You Probably Don't Want

As the marijuana becomes legal in more and more states, people are flocking to the cannabis industry looking for jobs. But while there may be plenty of opportunities in the cannabis industry, that doesn’t mean you necessarily want all of them.

Here are five cannabis jobs you probably don’t want:

1. Cannabis Trimmer

Cannabis trimming is not a glamorous profession. You basically take the harvested cannabis and prune the leaves. It’s time consuming and repetitive, and can actually be pretty taxing depending on how much cannabis is coming in. On the bright side, it can lead to higher promotions in cultivation that pay better and aren’t so boring.

2. Tour Guide

In legal marijuana states, many places set up cannabis tours where tourists go from business to business learning about the industry. And those tours will need guides. Tour guides need to learn a ton of information about all the subjects that will come up, so it requires a decent amount of studying and knowledge, while also not being super well-paying. And obviously any job that requires dealing with groups of people will lead to you encountering a-holes and other unpleasant individuals who you will have to be polite to while fantasizing about strangling them to death.

3. Delivery Driver

First of all, not all places allow marijuana delivery, so being a cannabis delivery driver can be legally murky. On top of that, it’s not like delivering marijuana is somehow more interesting or entertaining than delivering pizzas. You’re still mostly alone all day driving place-to-place. And there’s not really a culture of tipping your weed delivery guy either.

4. Budtenders

Like cannabis trimmers, budtender positions are generally the entry-level position into the marijuana industry. That means they’re not super well-paying, but the hope is you’ll be in line for promotions down the road. Until then, get ready to answer the same dozens of questions from every first-time marijuana user who wants to know how to know if they’ll be too high and talking about the munchies and other stuff people who’ve never used cannabis ask.

5. Compliance Manager

A compliance manager is an important role in a cannabis business. They ensure the business is running legally and following all state regulations. They make sure employees are following all the rules. It’s very important. But you’re also basically the narc of a cannabis business. You have to constantly tell on your fellow employees for breaking the rules, and you’ll probably annoy all your co-workers by telling them to slightly adjust their behavior or policies to better follow all the rules.


For cannabis enthusiasts living in adult use states, long gone are the days of sneaking around with a dime bag in a coat pocket and worrying about whether the neighbors know you’ve got weed. But the sad truth is that, for millions of Americans living in prohibition or restrictive medical-only states, accessing safe and regulated cannabis is still a problem. But does that mean that those living without access to the regulated market are abstaining from cannabis altogether?

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