Posted 31 May 2009 - 11:28 PM
The answer is... if you were truly passionate you would already know.
Marijuana might be your passion... but your going to have to do some work (google, for instance, would be a good place to start) on your own if you want to make anything of it.
Working at a dispensary isn't the kind of job you move halfway across the country for. You have to be more realistic.
Don't take this the wrong way, but you come off as sort of naive in your post. If you are really serious about doing this i'd recommend you aim for a different end of the business.
Oaksterdam will teach you not only about production, but the business. You could grow commercially and sell to the dispensaries, or come up with another product or service useful to dispensary operators that they would pay for (doctors pay millions for software to manage their practices, how about software to manage dispensaries... not saying this is a good idea, because it isn't, but it's a good way to think)
If you REALLY want to work in the marijauna industry and can't see yourself doing anything else than go for it. I'd just recommend you aim for anything but the lowest spot on the totem pole (dispensary worker).
I would love to work in a dispensary, but it definitely isn't part of my career plan. I'd love to work in one for a summer or something, cause I know it would be a great experience, (looking into UC, maybe Berk, or S.B. for grad school) but i'm not moving across the country for minimum wage. Hope this doesn't come off the wrong way.