Medical marijuana to make budtenders in high demand in Michigan


As Michigan begins licensing medical marijuana businesses, there will be a need for hundreds, even thousands of workers in dispensaries. Wochit

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Angie Roullier, of West Bloomfield, will be the team leader at Green House, a medical marijuana dispensary in Walled Lake that is seeking a license to sell medical marijuana. She will train employees about the types and benefits of medical marijuana to treat a variety of ailments. (Photo: Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo

With medical marijuana on the cusp of becoming a bona fide industry in Michigan, the people who educate customers and sell the product in dispensaries — budtenders in marijuana lingo — will be in high demand.

Across the state, as dispensaries prepare to open, owners will be seeking hundreds of workers to be the sales force and consultants for medical marijuana patients. And this won’t be your typical retail job.

While a doctor approves patients for a medical marijuana card, it’s the budtenders who will help them figure out which marijuana product might work best for them. Different strains of marijuana produce different effects, for example. And marijuana-infused edibles, concentrates and drinks take different amounts of time to kick in.

The budtender helps customers determine what might work best for them.  Classes being taught both in a classroom setting and online are designed to teach those  wanting to enter the business the skills of the trade.

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