Article by Jennifer Lee, CBC News
The job posting has only been up for six days but the folks at the National Access Cannabis location on Spring Garden Road in Halifax are swamped with applications for their cannabis information specialist position.
“It’s going to be hard to choose just one person,” said Diandra Phipps, manager for the location, where almost 50 job applications have been sent.
National Access Cannabis is a health-care service provider that helps patients legally access medical cannabis through a licensed producer. The corporation has three other locations in Ontario and British Columbia.
Colin Cochrane, a cannabis information specialist in Halifax, said the job requires a lot of patience and awareness.
“We deal with anxiety, depression, veterans with severe PTSD, cancer patients,” said Cochrane.
The medical marijuana industry is much more than just getting people high. Cochrane said you need to understand the plant’s medical properties, how it responds in the body and how it can treat many ailments.
“They aren’t just here to pick up the product and smoke it,” said managing director Kenny Lord. “They are here for medical reasons.”
Lord said candidates should have a basic understanding of medical-cannabis use when applying, but patient care is the most important part of the job.
“It’s a little bit more zeroed in on client care,” said Lord. “Their job will range from a number of emotional roller coasters, so we need some strong, confident individuals.”