Mary Jane. Reefer. Ganja. Pot. Weed. Whatever you call it, there’s no denying the cannabis industry is emerging as big business here in Canada at a rapid rate.
And British Columbia is ahead of the pack. With legalization looking more and more possible, we’re on the precipice of a “new Silicon Valley” when it comes to cannabis production.
A “Green Rush”, if you will.
It’s possible that cannabis will be the biggest career and job generator of the next twenty years.
With that in mind, CKNW’s Tim Dickert paid a visit to a medical marijuana production facility in Maple Ridge.
Tantalus Labs is developing the first of its kind purpose-built sun-grown cannabis production facility in North America.
Dan Sutton, Managing Director and Founder, and Alexander Close, Creative Director, met with Tim to talk about what the future holds for the industry in B.C.
“If you’re interested, motivated, and intelligent then there’s room for you in the cannabis business.”
According to Sutton, the need for regulatory compliance and quality control means there are lots of jobs to be had.
“ So that kind of technical job-building is going to be a really cool function of what’s going on here but- you know, whether you’re a security provider, a software developer, an agriculturist, you know even a product design enthusiast, there’s tons of angles on which to attack the cannabis industry and I guess my message would be to carve out a nice. Find what you’re interested in and apply it to cannabis- you’re going to see a huge growth market in the next ten years.”
LISTEN to the full interview here:
“People should come to work every day knowing that not only are they building the future of sustainable cannabis production you know in this province, in this nation, in the world, but also they’re adding to their quiver in a way that’s more self-interested. They are developing skills that no one’s developed before- they’re developing processes that no one understands today. And in that there will be this great opportunity for technicians and lower-level employees that come and work in this facility. I tell everyone that we hire that ‘you could be running this place in five years’ and there will be many places like this in five years that are looking for experience.”
He’s not so worried about staff stealing from them. All potential employees must have a criminal record check completed. And there’s no real incentive for theft.
“Stealing a handful of weed is really throwing away your future for something you could buy at the dispensary for twenty bucks.”
So while we still don’t know how marijuana legalization is going to roll out, what we do know is that there are going to be a lot of farms growing legal marijuana here in British Columbia.
And that means jobs.
And an interesting and exciting time for the province of BC.