With ISSUE 2 to legalize marijuana on the Ohio ballot Nov. 7, the cannabis industry braces for explosive growth. On November 1st, two women-owned Ohio organizations will bring together the state’s licensed cannabis operators, students, ISSUE 2 spokespeople, advocates, and the community to explore careers and rally voters ahead of the election.
Exploring Cannabis Careers: Free Career Fair Nov. 1
Join MedicateOH and Midwest CannaWomen on November 1st starting at 5 p.m. for our Career Fair. Bridging the gap between hiring companies and prospective employees in cannabis, the pharmacy-board approved event offers prospects the chance to meet face to face with representatives from their favorite cannabis brands and ancillary businesses to learn about careers.
From plant care to budtending, to compliance, security and software, the expansion of the market corresponds directly to the expansion of job opportunities. In addition to exploring careers, participants who register will have the opportunity to get a discounted medical marijuana card.
“Part of MedicateOH’s mission is to connect those with skills and interests in this industry with the right jobs. We’ve developed our Careers section of our website to highlight positions in the Ohio industry from our partners and other trusted organizations,” said founder Gabrielle Dion. “We hope that students, advocates and other interested community members will come out and explore what’s out there. “
MedicateOH is honored to again be working in collaboration with Ally Reaves and her organization, Midwest CannaWomen. MCW is a small business which advocates for Minorities and All Women; also partners with Ohio Licensed Operators, Ancillary/Supply Chain companies to create outreach projects to educate, provide resources to empower ownership, entrepreneurship, leadership, inclusivity, and diversity for EVERYONE in the cannabis universe.
IF YOU GO: NOVEMBER 1st at THE KEE COLUMBUS
This collaborative two-part event takes place at The Kee in Columbus beginning at 5 p.m. The Career Fair will be from 5-7 p.m. The Voter Rally will take place immediately following, from 7 to 9 p.m. The community may shop and meet with a wide variety of vendors for the entirety of the event, from 5-9 p.m. Both portions of the event are free and open to the public (21+). Register here.
Career Fair to Explore Cannabis Jobs, Community Roles
This is the second collaborative career fair event that the two organizations have produced together. The first MedicateOH/Midwest CannaWomen career fair was held in July 2023 and featured industry vendors including Citizen Green, BeneLeaves, Backroad Wellness, and Bloom Medicinals. Participants also had the opportunity to explore continuing education opportunities with the Cleveland School of Cannabis, as well as volunteer roles with Ohio NORML, Midwest CannaWomen, MedicateOH and our fiscal sponsor Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, which supports more than 100 small non-profit community projects throughout Ohio.
DISCOUNTED MMJ CARDS FOR REGISTERED ATTENDEES
In addition to exploring careers, participants who register for the Career Fair & Voter Rally will have the opportunity to sign up to get a discounted medical marijuana card. Midwest CannaWomen has partnered with Dr. Gillian Jones to provide Discounted patient visits for $65 on 11/1/23 from 5pm – 10pm. We will be doing patient visits the entire duration of this event.
If approved, you must pay your State Card Fee which may be $50 or $25.
Also, we will have FREE Expungement Resources!
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: SPENDR
MedicateOH proudly announces our first featured sponsor for our Career Fair & Voter Rally, Spendr. Spendr is a popular mobile rewards & payment app for medical cannabis dispensaries in Ohio & beyond. Learn more about Spendr here.
The Need: 4,000 New Canna Jobs in Ohio in 2024
Since its inception in 2016, the Ohio MMJ Control Program has grown to include more than 100 dispensaries with new licenses awarded every day. If ISSUE 2 passes, those dispensaries and the industry as a whole would explode in growth to accommodate sales to any adults in Ohio.
In a feature about the Cleveland School of Cannabis, journalist Jamilah Muhammad reported in August that experts estimate “4,000 jobs will need to be filled in the cannabis industry” in 2024.
In response, Medicate OH launched its own job board, sharing vetted and active positions for cannabis-related careers and jobs available across Ohio. The Botanist, Terrasana, and Klutch Cannabis are among the cannabis companies currently hiring in Ohio. Check out our current job listings here.
This – and the excitement around Issue 2 – inspired the collaboration between Medicate OH and Midwest CannaWomen to host our Career Fair & Voter Rally.
WHAT’S ON THE BALLOT
On November 7th, Ohioans who have not voted early or mailed an absentee ballot will gather at their polling places to cast their votes for the general election. One of the most exciting opportunities for voters is Issue 2. Made possible by 127,772 verified signatures collected by The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, this ballot measure will change the entire landscape of cannabis in Ohio.
Issue 2 proposes Ohioans age 21 and older may buy and possess limited quantities of cannabis and concentrates at dispensaries. The ballot measure also mentions home grow; up to 12 plants per household. If approved, Ohio would become the 24th state to legalize personal use.
FUTURE WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES
What does the potential legalization for adults mean for the cannabis workforce in Ohio? Under the current legislation in Ohio, cannabis brands are heavily guarded when it comes to marketing and public relations. This is why you don’t see dispensary billboards in the Buckeye State, as you commonly do in states like Michigan and Illinois. The potential for the workforce with the passing of Issue 2 goes far beyond expanding the current roles. It’s expected that entirely new roles and opportunities will emerge in advertising, brand management, packaging, banking, construction, infrastructure, and more.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The Cannabis Career Fair and Voter Rally on November 1st at the Kee in Columbus is free to attend, but registration is recommended for job seekers. Vendor and Sponsorship opportunities still available. Email us to apply.