Kevin Tindall does not smoke pot.
But the corporate accountant in Saskatoon and his business partners need at least 10 people in Swift Current, Sask., who can explain marijuana to new customers and keep Tindall’s downtown cannabis store rolling once recreational marijuana use becomes legal on Oct. 17.
“It’s going to be based on personality and their ability to sell,” said Tindall, who spent several years running a Boston Pizza in Swift Current before moving to the corporate world, eventually winning one of the province’s 51 permits to retail pot.
“We’re looking forward to being open well before the legalization date just for information purposes,” Tindall said. “I think this industry’s going to be huge.”
In total, CBC News has found marijuana grow ops, distribution centres, warehouses and retail stores across Saskatchewan will likely hire close to 700 people in time for legalization this fall.