Here's What It's Like to Be a Marijuana Trimmer

Marijuana trimming is one of the easier jobs to get in the cannabis industry, but that unfortunately doesn't mean it's also a super simple walk in the park.

The New York Times ran a feature on what life is like for marijuana trimmers in California. Every fall, thousands of people go to Northern California, probably the biggest area for growing cannabis in the entire world, looking for trimming jobs. There's plenty of work available, but unfortunately that doesn't mean it's so simple. The Times feature outlines how tedious and grinding a trimming job can be.

The Times also noted that the money for marijuana trimming isn't quite as good as it used to be. Thanks to legalization in California and other states, the price of marijuana is dropping. Cannabis growers used to sell their crops for around $2,000 per pound, now the Times says they're lucky to get $500. That drop in price also means there's less money to pay trimmers.

Trimmers are mostly paid by weight, not time. So there's incentive to work as quickly as possible. One trimmer said if he works about nine hours each day, he can trim about two pounds of cannabis, which nets him $200. That's not bad for one day's work, even if it is monotonous. 

The people interviewed in the story also discussed getting into a "green dimension" where they're incredibly focused and motivated, which leads to them trimming as efficiently as possible.

“We call it the ‘green dimension,’” said Kelly Zimmerlee. “When you have the right weed, the right people, the right vibe, and bingo, you don’t think about anything else and just do your thing for hours.”

You can check out the full story over at the New York Times.

(h/t New York Times)


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