Wednesday May 20, 2015

By Abby Hutmacher

Ask Pot Guide v.1: Jobs & Vaporizers Education

At, we receive a lot of emails asking us to shed light on some burning cannabis questions. In an attempt to answer these questions promptly, we’ve decided to create a weekly feature called “Ask Pot Guide!” What would you like to ask the PG team? Let us know in a comment below or on our Facebook page.

For our first installment, we’ll address a few of our most common questions, including traveling with vaporizer pens and working in the cannabis industry.

"Can I fly with a vaporizer pen?"

User from Bryn Mawr, PA

Traveling with an electronic cigarette or vaporizer pen on an airplane is fine as long as there is no cannabis product in it. If there is, you may be asked to dispose of your pen at the security checkpoint. Most likely speaking, you will not receive a citation if flying through DIA. In other words, if you've just purchased a new pen in Colorado, you should be able to get it safely back home as long as it's not been used with marijuana.

If you're trying to get a little buzzed before your flight, you might have better luck renting a vaporizer from one of the area's local marijuana tours. Companies like 420 Airport Pickup will not only rent out vaporizers (for only $20 a day), but will pick you up from the airport, take you to your choice of dispensary, and then drop you back off when you're ready. This will not only help you avoid the unnecessary fine associated with smoking in public, but will help ensure that your new piece or vaporizer pen will not be confiscated.

"How can I find a job in the marijuana industry?"

User from Bryn Mawr, PA

So you want to get a job in the Canna-biz, eh? Well, lucky for you, there are thousands -- perhaps hundreds of thousands -- of new jobs being created thanks to marijuana legalization. But getting a job handling marijuana isn't as easy as simply filling out an application and proving you're "of age."

In order to get a job in the marijuana industry, especially if you plan on working directly with the product, you'll need to get either a support badge (typically as an entry-level position) or a key badge which grants extended access to the products (such as store managers). In order to qualify for these licenses, you must be at least 21 years old, a resident of the state of Colorado, have no previous felony drug charges and have no excessive debt. For a complete list of requirements and fees, visit Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division website.

If you don’t plan on working directly with marijuana products, however, you won’t need to be certified through the state. Jobs in marketing, information technology, architectural design and business development are in high demand, and experience in one of these positions can significantly improve your chances of landing a job in the Canna-Biz. If you’ve got a valuable skill set and think it might be a good fit in the industry, then now is the time to try.

Take a look at the following sites, which will give you a better feel for what the industry is looking for.

Cannabis Career Websites

Abby Hutmacher Abby Hutmacher

Abby is a freelance writer and founder of Cannabis Content, a marketplace where marijuana enthusiasts can create and sell digital content to businesses in the cannabis industry. Follow Cannabis Content on Facebook and Twitter, or visit to learn more.

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