Despite the pandemic, the demand for cannabis continues to climb year-over-year and more markets are expected to open or expand business in the coming year.
Many industries experienced massive drops in sales during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic—including local restaurants and bars, movie theaters, and airlines. But that was not the case for the cannabis market, where legal sales surpassed $17.5 billion in 2020, a 46 percent jump year-over-year.
That’s according to a report that also projects that the cannabis industry is again poised for major job growth. In the report, Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of cannabis recruiting firm Vangst, predicted that “2021 is where we’re going to see tremendous job growth, and we think it’s going to be the biggest job creation year the cannabis industry has ever seen.” So far, industry growth is trending in that direction.
Curtesy of Cannabis Career New Demand Means More Jobs
As evidence of steady job growth in 2020, the U.S. cannabis industry added more than twice as many jobs as it did in 2019, and the trend for more jobs is predicted to continue through 2021 and beyond. This is good news for those interested in preparing for a career at a cannabis dispensary.
Jobs aren’t the only numbers trending higher. Analysts see rising numbers in the growing state cannabis markets as well.
A recent forecast predicts that with new markets coming online and existing markets trending upward, that legal cannabis sales in the U.S. could surpass $30 billion in 2022. This takes into account new markets expected to open for both medical and recreational use.
States Plan to Expand Use
As more states legalize cannabis use for medical and/or recreational use, the job opportunities in those states continue to grow to keep pace. New Mexico, Connecticut, and Alabama are just a few states where legalized cannabis legislation is pending.
Available jobs in the marijuana industry include roles such as medical associates, extraction technicians, warehouse inventory specialists, retail inventory specialists, cultivation technicians, and others. Yet, one of the universal demands remains certified dispensary technicians—also known as budtenders.
A budtender’s job description can vary based on the state they work in and the company they work for. In general, a budtender is a multifaceted sales professional with expert knowledge of cannabis and cannabis products who works in a retail setting.
See our previous article to read more about some of the responsibilities expected of a budtender, as well as average salaries.
The Budtender Certification Program at CannabisCareer.com
Cannabis Career is an online education provider that prepares its students to become highly sought-after dispensary technicians in the emerging cannabis industry. CannabisCareer.com is wholly owned by Legacy Education, a leader in education that operates several nationally accredited colleges. It inspires confidence knowing their program is backed by a national leader in career education.
Cannabis Career is helping the future cannabis workforce to acquire a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the industry—and that’s exactly what dispensary owners seek when hiring new budtenders.
Their popular budtender certification program covers all the essential elements of the job, such as the medicinal properties of cannabis, risk prevention, and effective customer communications.
To get certified, Cannabis Career students must apply their knowledge to pass an exam at the end of the program. This can help future employers validate their knowledge and expertise as they prepare to fill the expected demand for dispensary technicians.
Why Become a Certified Budtender?
Job seekers sometimes ask if cannabis training is necessary and why the Cannabis Career budtender training program is beneficial.
A formal training program will help you be successful. Even if you are familiar with the basic properties of cannabis, there remains a wealth of information regarding its history, benefits, and risks, as well as the legal and ethical issues surrounding its use and distribution.
It’s important to realize that not all budtender courses deliver a comprehensive curriculum or a wide breadth of topics—and not all training programs offer certification. Cannabis Career provides both.
Becoming a certified budtender offers additional advantages that will help you quickly launch your career in the cannabis industry in the state of your choice.
Courtesy of Cannabis Career Certification Includes the Safety and the Science
Safety is an important consideration for cannabis uses. The Mayo Clinic states that medical marijuana use is generally considered safe. It acknowledges that many states have legalized marijuana use for medical purposes and that research shows it can be effective for many conditions. Cannabis Career stresses the need for those working in the industry to be trained to understand specific safety issues regarding cannabis use.
Then there’s the science of cannabis. Learning about the physical, psychological and medicinally beneficial effects that different forms of cannabis can present in customers is essential for a successful career as a budtender.
When you enroll in the comprehensive program at Cannabis Career, you’ll learn about safety protocols as well as the science behind cannabis use in the body (see our previous article to review all 11 cannabis-related subjects included in our full curriculum.) This includes:
Courtesy of Cannabis Career Basic Infection Control and Safety in the Cannabis Dispensary
This course provides you the essential knowledge and practices to ensure the safety of you and your customers while working in a cannabis dispensary.(Learn more)
The Endocannabinoid System
Students gain a deep understanding of the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis produces its physical, psychological and medicinally beneficial effects on users. (Learn more)
Pharmaceuticals (synthetic cannabinoids)
The Human Body and Responsive Conditions to Medical Cannabis
This medical marijuana course takes a big-picture look at the human body and the various medicinal effects of cannabis on the different body systems. (Learn more)
Courtesy of Cannabis Career Why Choose this Program?
Cannabis Career is one of the leading online cannabis schools helping to meet the growing demand for certified budtenders. As evidence of the program’s value, they offer the only cannabis dispensary technician program nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and licensed by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).
Another reason to select this leading program is because it’s offered at an affordable price, with 100 percent of learning online.
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Are you interested in meeting the growing demands of medical and recreational cannabis use by exploring a career as a certified budtender? Find out why this online program continues to impress employers as the industry continues to expand.
If you’re looking for an online program that continually prepares new students for a fulfilling job in the rapidly expanding marijuana industry (with certification in hand), begin your journey today at CannabisCareer.com.
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The German Crossroads—Somewhere Between Los Angeles and Germany
Of all the countries on the old continent, good old Germany is the one that is on the verge of a large-scale legalization of cannabis, which will significantly change the cannabis culture and will have to decide between two paths. Does it go the traditional way of the green Amsterdam school or does it follow the zeitgeist of the purple American-Californian philosophy in its then-new financially strong market? This editorial looks at the current situation in the economic powerhouse of the E.U., ventures a glimpse into the future and clarifies whether there might not be a third alternative path for Germany.
But before we can dare to look into the crystal ball and make predictions, we need to take a look at the current situation. An analysis of the current state before we can turn our attention to the target state. Germany does not have a national, recognized cannabis culture in the classical sense. Nor does Germany have any hotspots for cannabis culture, as Barcelona is for Spain or Copenhagen is for Denmark. While the judiciary in the south of the Federal Republic of Germany is still partly tough on small offenses, the police in other metropolises of the country are already wiser and in Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, or Cologne much more generous towards private cannabis users. Nevertheless, in the 16 years of Angela Merkel’s and the conservative CDU’s chancellorship, no sustainable cannabis culture has been able to develop. This does not mean that cannabis has not developed in Germany.
Since 2017, cannabis has been legally available for medical use. CBD products are everywhere and available at every second kiosk (bodega) and every Späti (the German’s favorite word for a small deli). Although the regulations are high you can find CBD flower everywhere, even the recognition factor has developed. The idea of a cannabis culture is in demand, even if THC is missing and cannabis containing THC still often has to be bought in parks around the corner or dubious areas. However, the current state of things also includes the fact that in the country of Bayer and BASF, a new branch of biochemical innovation has quietly emerged, which has already made financially strong experts in the industry such as Boris Jordan of Curaleaf become active. The great hunger in Germany for a social cultural embedding of cannabis and the German spirit of innovation in medical cannabis are two sides of the same coin, which could open up a path between green and purple fronts for Germany and, upon closer examination, make it a logical place for the further development of the worldwide cannabis culture. Clearly, the starting signal for legalization came from politics.
The new government elected in 2021 under the Social Democrats of Olaf Scholz has initiated a turning point. From a German perspective, this seems almost paradoxical, as Scholz took office promising to be the continuation and male version of Angela Merkel, who was known in U.S. circles as the so-called “Teflon chancellor.” So there is no point in looking at the current chancellor and his Social Democrats from the SPD on this issue, since he, like Merkel before him, does not let any issues stick to him. As a matter of fact, the focus has to be turned to the two parties that govern together with Scholz. The more left-wing Green Party Alliance 90/The Greens and the Free Democrats of the liberal party FDP. This government (SPD=red; FDP=yellow; Greens=green), known as the “traffic light coalition”, has defined in its coalition agreement that cannabis will be legally available in licensed specialized shops. The fact that three parties are governing in Germany is a novelty and had been expected with great excitement, as the last attempt at a three-party coalition had failed in the exploratory talks. The hype is real.
The legalization of cannabis had been on the agenda of the Green Party and liberal FDP for some time and was therefore an important unifying factor with media impact. The Greens were founded as a pacifist and alternative party and thus legalization was woven into the party’s DNA. The Liberals recognize the potential of a new market and trust in the individual’s personal responsibility in deciding for or against cannabis. They can also trust in the functions of a newly forming free market.
Despite all the justified criticism of capitalism, the example of cannabis shows some of the strengths of this economic system. The forces of a free market (with state framework conditions for all) set continuous improvement processes in motion, because companies want to set themselves apart from their competitors in terms of quality. Innovation, passion, and product understanding drive the industry to new heights. The customer and their needs must be understood and cannabis must be thought of in a holistic way in this new market. There must be full vertical integration without abusing the credibility of cannabis as a cultural property and allowing cannabis to degenerate as a profit-driven vehicle, as some German lobbyists are already trying to do. This is also a paradox, as some of them come from the CDU.
The best case of how to do it right is the company Boris Jordan invested in. Europe’s leading medical cannabis company—The Bloomwell Group. The Bloomwell Group, based in Frankfurt a. M., shows how cannabis in its dual function as a medicinal plant and cultural asset can work in a corporate context. The company houses three entities. Algea Care, which as the leading telemedicine company on German soil, stands for ensuring therapy and access to medical cannabis. Ilios Santé, the importer and trading arm, and the slumbering giant Breezy. The latter, through a cooperation in the near future, will enable the cashing of prescriptions for medical cannabis and position itself in the German market as the leading lifestyle brand in the cannabis space. Breezy will satisfy the hunger after legalization.
Germany’s sophisticated industry is already positioning itself as a global leader in medical use with cannabis in some areas, showing a clear case. The technical know-how and entrepreneurial spirit are there. The social desire for a credible cannabis culture is great and the political will for legalization is there. Breezy operates in a wonderful biotope where a thriving cannabis brand can manage to combine culture and technology. In my column for the nationally-published startup magazine Business Punk, I wrote about “the respectful treatment of culture.” Cannabis is the unifying factor of several cultures that need to be embedded industrially and legislatively in a sensible way. It is important to take the different influences and communities with us. My work as a designer in the fashion industry has shown me that it is important to use synergies. First anchored in the niche and subculture, I launched my own streetwear collaboration with soccer team VfL Bochum 1848, a first division team of the Bundesliga. Bloomwell not only knows how to use synergies, but also how to create them.
In my role as VP of Marketing, I was able to win rap star and entertainment mogul Xatar as our first brand ambassador and partner. Germany offers high-growth investment opportunities in the coming years and it’s up to the cannabis enthusiasts from the beginning to pave the market with an emotionalized approach and help shape our common culture.
Maybe we’re gonna be talking about the German Blue strains soon? Who knows…
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Sweetwaters the Core of Labat’s New Strategy as Group Unveils Plans to Set Up Commercial Seedbank, Expand Retail and Invest in Rolling Papers and Beverages
Labat to focus on finding the right ‘business combinations’
Labat Africa is finally hoping to pull off its first-mover advantage in the cannabis value chain with a more aggressive strategy after the pounding of the pandemic and a lack of a clear regulatory framework. The JSE-listed company has been burning through cash but is a going concern because of drawdown funding it has secured from Californian investors and its recent listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
The company gave an insight into its strategy when it revealed its latest financial statements to the public on 30 May 2022. Although the damage was bad, it’s not out of line with similar first-mover-advantage groups in all newly-regulated jurisdictions.
Labat’s strategy to seize the cannabis value chain in the course of the next 12 months is still being hampered by the restricted regulatory framework, but that looks set to change in the course of the year. Labat’s cannabis subisidaries fall into its healthcare division. They are: Labat Pharmaceuticals, Sweetwater Aquaponics, Ace Genetics, Labat Hemp Processing, Cannafrica and Biodata. Labat’s strategy going forward is to find the right “business combinations” to maximize efficiencies and get the Group purposefully heading towards profitability.
It says “the company’s vision remains to be the number one cannabis/hemp company in Africa and to maintain that position. The agreements over the last two years ensure that the company is on a profitable and value-creating path. Labat has made massive strides in laying the ground-work to becoming a Cannabis Powerhouse in Africa” It added that “Labat measures its success beyond yield and capacity; the pursuit of quality for a long-term competitive advantage drive to its business strategy”.
Sweetwaters Aquaponics: a ‘quantum shift’ for the group
Labat says the acquisition of SAHPRA-licensed Eastern Cape facility, Sweetwaters Aquaponics on 1 March 202,2 led to a “quantum shift in the busines, enabling the export of product to overseas customers, with the initial initial customer in Australia ordering a second batch of flowers, following the successful testing of the THC content (26.7%) by SAHPRA.
Ace Genetics: commercial seedbank to be set up this year
Ace Genetics is to be set up under license at Sweetwaters, a breeding room is under construction and a commercialization strategy is being put in place once the right genetics have been identified. The company says the planned date of transfer of all seeds and mother plants to Sweetwaters “is June 2022 with seed production expected to commence on the 1 August 2022 and the Company will be going to market with its own online Commercial Seedbank immediately thereafter. “
Echo Life deal gives Labat Exclusive Rights to Axle and Axle Pre-Rolls
Labat said last November’s acquisition of Miami-based Echo Life “greatly complements the Healthcare retail business through its unique range of product offering that will be marketed and sold through the CannAfrica retail stores as well as the Labat online retail platform”. In terms of the deal Labat will have the exclusive rights to distribute Echo Life’s pre-rolled hemp smokeable Ace and Axle as well as other products.
CannAfrica introducing CannAfrica ‘Kiosk Model’ in 5 Shopping Malls
Labat has switched tack on the roll-out of its retail brand CannAfrica; it says the “main objective that underpins the new strategy is the aggressive rollout of corporate owned stores, some of which, will remain corporate-owned, and others, once profitable, to be migrated to franchisees, who are fully paid up in respect of franchise rights.
The corporate-owned stores will take a different approach to the Melrose Arch, Hartbeespoort Dam and Cape Town stores which are larger stores with significantly higher operating costs.
The ‘kiosk model’ is being implemented in malls and larger shopping centres and Labat is set to conclude a deal with the Company is at an advanced stage of concluding a deal with the Mowana Property Group to open up CannAfrica Kiosks in five of their prime properties namely:
Cresta Shopping Centre (Gauteng), Westgate Mall (Gauteng), Menlyn Shopping Centre (Pretoria East), Castle Walk Mall (Pretoria) and the Pavilion (Westville).
The five kiosks should be opened by the end of June 2022.
Labat says it has identified that, “as an industry issue, there are no fully dedicated CBD stores operating in South Africa; therefore a considerable amount of time and effort has been put into further extending its product offering. The product lines which the company will be expanding into are minor/rare cannabinoids, vapes, grow kit accessories and other paraphernalia”.
The Company also plans to turn the CannAfrica kiosks and retail stores into “’dispensaries’ for the Biodata Research Project, for the legal dispensing of cannabis flower, other medicines and THC products.
Biodata Medicinal Cannabis to Become ‘Dispensary’ Product
Labat says the “Biodata research project is gaining traction” and plans to use the planned CannAfrica Kiosks as “physical-sign-up-points for the study”. It says the kiosks will also serve as Biodata dispenseries for medical cannabis for pain management. It says it is also “engaged with” a number of vape stores to also become Biodata “dispenseries” once regulatory approval is in place.
Rolling Papers into the Value Chain
Labat says it “is currently finalising agreements with a rolling paper specialist company that focuses on cannabis rolling paraphernalia. The business was running informally. However, there has been great traction on the brand and products with sales last year averaging 200 units per day. The business has now been improved structurally and has a focussed strategy of expanding into parts of Africa and the USA. The main challenge facing the targeted expansion Is the lack of working capital which approximates R500 000 for the first three months mainly for stock purchases to fulfil orders. Labat has engaged the business partner around a possible share transaction as well as a bridging working capital facility over the first three months. The process is currently in the due diligence phase. For its year end March 2022, the company earned revenues of R1.8 million. These products are complementary products for the CannAfrica Stores.
CBD Infused Drinks to Provide Ammo for Retail
Labat came up with a new cannabis retail strategy in March 2022 to expand its national footprint and visibility and to increase product offerings,. It believes “a retail beverage offering is indispensable”.
It says in an Enterprise Development initiative in 2020, Labat was introduced to a start-up cannabis beverages company which it still in equity negotiations with. However, “the company has developed three recipes in collaboration with the CSIR, and have finalised their packaging and branding architecture, and have delivered a premium product, as sample drinks. The product is superior, and of a quality that Labat want to be associated with. The company will now do their first production run, in order to show capability and test the market. A draft Term Sheet in place, to be concluded in the next phase of the Company’s deliberations. It is envisaged to be a share-based deal, for 30% equity, and access to evolving retail distribution channels.”
SAMES to be the Tech Hub
The South African Micro Electronic-Systems Proprietary Limited (“SAMES”) will “remain a technology hub and will also hold the healthcare divisions intellectual property, formulations, ‘know-how’, seed banks, extraction technology, strain development and other technologies needed in complying with Good Manufacturing Practice (“GMP”) standards, including European Union GMP, where applicable”. It says that although SAMES had a healthy start to the year, revenues have decreased “mainly as a result of a worldwide shortage of semi-conductor chips”
Logistics business to take care of transportation and warehousing
Labat’s Logistics, although not directly part of the Healthcare division, “will form an integral part of the Healthcare operations with both transportation and warehousing of raw material as well as final products. These are explicit requirements in respect of the GMP accreditation. Furthermore, the final product of the pharma business is expected to sell for between R800 and R1 000 for a 20ml bottle, which will need to be securely transported. The company’s marketing efforts are showing acceptable results and Labat is well positioned for growth based on work completed over the past three years. The Company continues to provide logistic services to large corporates, when and as required.”
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Final Legality of Private Cannabis Clubs Still a Long Way Off, But Liddell Relieved as Prospect of Jail Time Recedes
After lengthy delays there will be more lengthy delays
The Haze Club (THC) director Neil Liddell says he’s relieved his Western Cape High Court application hearing to have the legality of private cannabis clubs was wrapped up in a day – although it could take between two to six months for Judge Maud Slinger to write up her judgement. The THC application was finally heard on 6 June 2022 after over a year of delays.
Judge Slinger is known to be fastidious when writing judgements, so, in the words of Liddell’s lawyer, Andrew MacPherson of Brink Ward: “this is just the beginning”.
MacPherson says that whatever the outcome of the application, the matter is likely to head back to the Constitutional Court as both the State and Liddell will appeal the judgement if it goes against them.
“It does make me feel better, the chances of going to jail are less and less”
“I’m feeling good. It was a long day in court yesterday but thankfully it all got wrapped up in one day and we didn’t have any further postponements” Liddell told Cannasphere Africa TV in an exclusive interview on 7 June 2022. Host Trenton Birch asked Liddell whether he felt more confident in court now than when he was arrested almost two years ago as the cannabis sector had transformed significantly since then.
Liddell replied: “I don’t think this affects the case so much, but it does make me feel better because the chances of going to jail are less and less as the industry moves forward, as legislation comes closer, as we see which way the Government is trying to move this industry, so I definitely feel better about it, but I don’t think it affects the case too much though”.
Liddell said that the court arguments were quite “detailed in the letter of law” but that “sitting there as a layman, the Judge did give the State a bit of a grilling, more so than us, so hopefully that’s positive feedback”. But, as he conceded: “One never knows.”
State Has Compromised Itself Over PCC’s
The State’s case has been compromised by a change in attitude of Senior State Law Advisor Sarel Robbertse who had provided an affidavit opposing the legalization of PCC’s. However, in Parliament last week, he admitted that they could serve value as a harms reduction mechanism in the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill.