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Whatever Business You're In, You Can Pivot to the Cannabis Business

Want to get into weed? Look no further than your résumé. These entrepreneurs took their skills to the cannabis industry and are killing it.

This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You want in on the cannabis boom, but you don’t know a blunt from a bong. What do you do? For many entrepreneurs who’ve made the plunge, that question is also the answer: Whatever they did before legalization is the skill they brought to cannabis. And there are lots of skills needed in the new green world. 

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Anytime a state legalizes, every business that “touches the plant” -- think growing weed, baking edibles, distilling tinctures, packaging pre-roll -- has to be confined within the borders of that state, creating exciting new opportunities for every sort of local business. Indoor grow operations need wiring and plumbing, dispensaries need architects and construction crews, entrepreneurs need local lawyers and accountants to guide them through the inevitable regulatory maze. On top of that, the onerous constraints required to do business across state lines for a product that is still illegal under federal law have generated demand for a whole new breed of legal, financial, and deal-making specialists, wherever they are.

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