Marijuana Dispensary Salaries

Posted by Patrick Vedder on

The legalization of cannabis has impacted the job market in the United States, creating a number of new roles. Candidates with very different levels of experience often find that they can secure a rewarding position. Marijuana dispensaries offer both entry-level jobs and managerial positions. There is without a doubt a bright future filled with numerous job opportunities and career development in this particular sector.

Marijuana dispensaries are considered to be dual-function: medical and recreational centers. The division is a characteristic of dispensaries. In other words, these clinics are places that enable people to obtain cannabis derivatives, whether you are a patient whose treatment involves the derivatives; or a recreational user who might be looking for recreational usage i.e relaxation.

The legal acquisition of marijuana is similar to the purchase of common goods and services that take place in conventional stores; the only significant difference is the obligation to present an identity document in order to access the services of these marijuana dispensaries.

 

Owner

At the top of the organizational pyramid that governs marijuana dispensaries are the owners. The business operators are often fearless leaders of the legal distribution of marijuana. Owners often have to defend marijuana use as something valid that should not be stigmatized, whether it is for medical or recreational use.

Description

There can be some difficulty in describing the work done by the dispensary owners: ultimately, the owners are responsible for the success or failure of the dispensary. However, if the dispensary has been successfully brought into line with federal, municipal or state standards, and is operating normally; owners can assume a multitude of positions in the dispensary.

Some owners may decide to take over the organizational aspect or the management of the dispensary; others, make themselves visible at times when the daily activities have been completed; others also act as supervisors, making sure that the day-to-day functions are carried out without any inconvenience.

It is important to note that owning a dispensary is governed by the mechanics of "all or nothing". Therefore, it is natural for owners to perform management functions in the financial area; "partners", and  areas of supervision, administration & paperwork.

Salary

The salaries of the owners of a marijuana dispensary will be the highest with respect to the rest of the staff member. However, owners run the risk of taking on significant losses of money, which can lead to debt; especially while trying to get the business off the ground due to obstacles imposed by municipal, state or federal regulations. In addition, owners should monitor the loyalty of their consumers.

Unfortunately, there is no clear information on a specific salary, but most owners can enjoy a salary of more than six figures. However, this salary will vary depending on things like staff requirements, annual sales, and the geographic location of the clinic. In some cases, owners may need to endure a period of loss before earnings constitute profits.

Advantages

Owning a legal marijuana dispensary is a privilege in itself, considering that states and counties do not allow just any dispensary to operate legally in their territories. The authorities grant only a very limited number of licenses, so competition between clinics is very intense. That is why most states have decided to set up a kind of lottery so that other entrepreneurs can enter the market and offer their services.

Disadvantages

In business, the ownership of a dispensary is a goal that everyone aspires to achieve, so when it is achieved, it is as if a dream came true. Unfortunately, the multitude of regulations relating to dispensaries can cause serious problems in their functionality, causing, in some cases, their demise. The biggest disadvantage of the dispensaries is that they have to be brought into line with these existing rules.

 

Manager

Next in the hierarchy is the dispensary manager. Managers are responsible for supervising and conducting day-to-day activities; in addition, they are responsible for recruiting and hiring potential employees.

Description

The tasks of the dispensary managers are diverse and will change according to the particular characteristics of each dispensary. In general, the purpose of these tasks is to ensure that the work environment is the most appropriate for the employees; that they feel comfortable. Managers usually work hand in hand with other employees, alternating between supervisory activities and some obligations relating to the direct sale of products from the dispensary.

Salary

Experience is a virtue sought after by clinic managers. With this in mind, managers' salaries can be close to six figures (the six lowest figures), but generally the amount is five figures (very high, to be noted). Of course, the amount of remuneration will be linked to the allocation given to the manager: this is very noticeable in clinics with multiple managers.

Advantages

Increasing proficiency and efficiency is one of the advantages that can be attributed to the position of dispensary manager. Acquiring this job is a way to maximize the reputation and credibility of the incumbent, allowing him or her to move to higher organizational levels, including dispensary ownership.

Disadvantages

Managing a dispensary is not an easy task because it involves taking on very high burdens of responsibility: not only the individual responsibility of the person in charge, but also the responsibility of the employees under his or her supervision. Although they are involved in the marijuana business, managers do not enjoy a job that is characterized by relaxation or peace of mind; on the contrary, the job requires constant and regular supervision, so that there is no doubt in the minds of staff or consumers. In turn, in the event that the regulations are not complied with and the owner is not present, the manager must assume responsibility.

 

Budtender

The budtenders are the intermediaries between the dispensary and the consumers: the budtenders are in charge of conducting and directing sales, both recreational and medical.

Description

Budtenders should provide advice to consumers so that they have no doubts about the product they are about to purchase and also so that they can give a satisfactory answer to their needs. In many cases, consumers do not have information about the product and this is where the importance of the budtender is seen. That is why applicants for this position are required to have the ability to handle data on a large quantity of cannabis derivatives.

Salary

Being a budtender will not make you large amounts of money, as opposed to the two position titles explained above. In fact, budtenders are among the lowest paid positions in the organization of dispensaries. And it makes sense: budtenders don't carry a lot of risk, responsibility, much less oversight. To the point: they make around $11 or $12 an hour.

Advantages

For all those people who want to venture into the world of marijuana, the budtender position is a perfect opportunity. Indeed, being a budtender allows you to keep up to date with cannabis products. In this position, you can develop professional relationships in the cannabis world, but you also generate new friendships. And we cannot ignore the fact that budtenders have access to marijuana products at lower prices.

Disadvantages

The main disadvantage of the budtender we already said: the low income. Certainly, we cannot describe the position as "underpaid" if we consider salaries for similar work in comparable fields. However, most budtenders have trouble paying their debts; the only way for them to get solvency is to work full time.

Another disadvantage is the fact that budtenders must always be in interaction with clients. It is for this reason that the work of budtender is generally undertaken by people who having interpersonal skills and those that share an interest in the cannabis culture.

After all, the budtender is the representation of the dispensary. The budtender is very important for the image, so he must always keep the shapes and maintain a balance in his temperament with respect to the client.

 

Receptionist

The receptionists, as their name suggests, are in charge of receiving the clients and helping in the efficient execution of the daily activities of the dispensary.

Description

Receptionists have a lot to do with the organization, because their work is focused on data entry and the updating of information records.

Salary

There is a similarity, almost an equality, between the salary of a receptionist and a budtender. It is not uncommon, then, that there are clinics where a budtender also serves as a receptionist. Many clinics do this for cost reduction.

Advantages

The experience is widely gained when you work as a receptionist, especially in a cannabis dispensary. A receptionist does not require a high empirical repertoire, but there must always be an interest world of marijuana.

Disadvantages

It seems contradictory, but the main advantage of this job is, at the same time, its main disadvantage: since it does not require much experience, being a receptionist does not allow you to have much contact with marijuana on a daily basis. It is good work to start with, no doubt, but it is necessary to move forward from there as soon as possible.


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