Considering a career in the cannabis business? Now may be the time to take the plunge as licensed marijuana companies ramp up production and rush to fill jobs ahead of pot’s legalization in Canada on Oct. 17.
“It’s crunch time,” said Jordan Sinclair, vice-president of communications for Canopy Growth, based in Smith Falls, Ont. “This is probably the peak insanity for the HR team.”
The medical marijuana company has about 1,000 employees, but that number will soon balloon by more than half. It’s looking to fill upwards of 600 new positions as the company prepares for the recreational pot market.
Accounting firm Deloitte estimates Canadians will spend up to $4.34 billion on legal pot in 2019.
Canopy Growth’s postings range from head office positions in IT and accounting to production jobs, such as plant trimmers and growers.
The company also needs to fill many retail positions. It has agreements with Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and is negotiating with Alberta to open stores selling recreational pot under its Tweed brand.
“This hiring blitz that is happening right now in all the retail and all the sales is going to be the most intensive that we’ll have,” said Sinclair.