Marijuana legalization across the U.S. has led to the growth of the industry and has presented many business opportunities. However, with the growth of the industry comes the challenge of hiring suitable employees for these businesses. Human resources services can help cannabis business owners navigate the tricky hiring challenges and grow their businesses in the process.
With the industry being new and unfamiliar to many, hiring for these businesses requires a unique approach. Many businesses in the industry face challenges in finding and hiring the right talent for their operations. Some of the challenges include stigma, a lack of qualified candidates, and regulations that add complexities in the hiring process.
Ever since the prohibition era, marijuana has been regarded through a negative lens, which is why there is still a stigma attached to it today. This stigma can make it challenging to attract top talent and retain employees who are not comfortable working with these products. It’s essential to be transparent about the industry’s nature with potential hires and ensure that they align with the organization’s vision before hiring them.
It’s also important to stress the opportunity that comes with working in this industry. The industry is rapidly growing and expected to reach a value of $82.3 billion by 2027, which presents an exciting opportunity for employees. Being in the industry from an early stage gives employees a chance to be part of an industry that will undoubtedly shape the future.
As previously mentioned, the industry is relatively new, and the hiring processes that work for other industries might not necessarily work for this one. Referral programs would be a great way to attract qualified candidates, considering many people in the industry already have networks with similar demographics to your desired employees. It’s also essential to develop a unique approach to assess the candidate’s compatibility with the organization’s culture.
These businesses’ unique circumstances mean that developing an exceptional hiring process that helps screen for capabilities and interest is key. At the same time, avoiding any potential legal issues will help in navigating regulatory compliance.
Finding qualified candidates can be a challenge because there is a lack of established training programs or industry-specific degrees. Look for candidates with transferable skills or experience from similar areas like horticulture, food science, e-commerce, and marketing, etc. Consistent communication with prospective candidates in your industry is also key to increasing the overall visibility of your company.
Networking is essential in any industry, but more so in this one, due to the specific regulations. Establishing connections to local law firms and compliance organizations can help in navigating the complexities of regulations and ensure the candidates you hire are up to date with all regulations.
The industry has a lot of legal hurdles, from the passing of specific laws to regulations that vary from state to state. It’s essential to be aware of all the regulations around the substance in your state and ensure you are following them when hiring employees.
Finally, because the substance remains illegal under federal law in the U.S., payroll and HR solutions can be challenging. Having an experienced professional help navigate these aspects of your business is crucial in ensuring compliance and providing benefits to your employees.
Look no further than Greenleaf Business Solutions. We specialize in providing customized HR consulting solutions for the marijuana industry, leveraging our extensive expertise in compliance and regulations specific to this sector. We take a client-focused approach, tailoring our solutions to meet the unique needs and objectives of your business.
With our comprehensive financial, business and HR solutions, you can have peace of mind that your business is well-positioned for success, all while keeping your employees happy and motivated. Reach out to us today to learn more.