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Photos: Inside CannaSearch, Colorado's first-ever pot-industry job fair

People from around the country took part in CannaSearch, Colorado's first cannabis job fair, at which twelve marijuana-based companies set up tables offering job opportunities.

O.Pen Vape presented the event, and it was open for anyone ages 21 and older. Jobs included photojournalism, marketing, sales, tour guides, bud tenders and growers, and the line to get inside of the 1058 Delaware Street site was three blocks long, and it had to be cut off around 6 p.m.

Approximately 1,200 people attended, according to O.Pen Vape co-owner Tim Cullen, with some waiting as long as three hours.

Andy Veron, right, of Keef Cola speaks to a potential employee. Veron explains, "We are trying to hire driven people to their strengths while building up the company."
Andy Veron, right, of Keef Cola speaks to a potential employee. Veron explains, "We are trying to hire driven people to their strengths while building up the company."
Photo by Scott Lentz

Cullen and his team thought of the idea to host the job fair in the Mile High City.

"When we go through a hiring process, we usually put an ad out on Craigslist, then collect resumes, and call in interviews, and it's a slow process," he says. But then, Todd Mitchem, chief revenue director at O.Pen Vape, "saw a job fair for another industry advertising in the paper and we were like, 'Oh why don't we do that?' Initially we were going to do a job fair just for O.Pen, but why not open this up to a wider audience?"

Their results were a success.

Everyone from entrepreneurs and marketing managers to cannabis lovers and people who were just getting started in the job field attended.

Jordan Matthews, an Aurora resisdent who recently moved here from California, was looking for a sales position. She claims marijuana was the only way to cure the pain she was having, and it's the main reason she wants to get involved in the field.

Ralph Morgan left,  of O.Pen Vape speaks to applicants.
Ralph Morgan left, of O.Pen Vape speaks to applicants.
Photo by Scott Lentz

"I wouldn't be sane, or alive, if it wasn't for the medical marijuana industry," Matthews says.

Not only could attendees hunt for potential careers, but there was also an opportunity to get educated on pot. The Cannabis Hemp Academy offered $420 online courses to learn whatever is needed to become well-rounded in the industry.

"Our idea is to get more people educated about the basics of hemp and cannabis," explains the Academy's Laura Kriho. "Since the whole propaganda campaign of 75 years of people lying about cannabis, there's still a lot of misinformation out there. So our goal is to educate more people and make them more aware."

Other organizations at CannaSearch included The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, 420 Tours, Southwest Alternative Care, Organa Labs and Colorado Green Tours.

Denae Griego, left, talks to fair attendees at the MMJ America booth.
Denae Griego, left, talks to fair attendees at the MMJ America booth.
Photo by Scott Lentz

Almost every table in the packed room held a line of five to ten job-seekers clutching their cover letters and resumes and hoping to get a foot in the door within the ever-changing, rapidly growing weed business.

"It's obviously a fast growing industry," said one attendee, Sean Quinones. "It's blowing up in Colorado, I need a job, I like cannabis, and it all seems to come together right here."

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Ryan Warren, left, speaks to a potential hire at the Hemp Temps booth. Hemp Temps operates as a medical marijuana temp agency that fulfills staffing situations from bud-tending to general industrial needs.
Ryan Warren, left, speaks to a potential hire at the Hemp Temps booth. Hemp Temps operates as a medical marijuana temp agency that fulfills staffing situations from bud-tending to general industrial needs.
Photo by Scott Lentz
Justin Day, left, hands David Maddalena, Editor-in-Chief of The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, right, an example of his work. As a journalism student, Day hopes to impress Maddalena enough to intern for THC Magazine.
Justin Day, left, hands David Maddalena, Editor-in-Chief of The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, right, an example of his work. As a journalism student, Day hopes to impress Maddalena enough to intern for THC Magazine.
Photo by Scott Lentz
Jordan Surratt  of Hemp Temps chats with potential temps Thursday. Surratt expresses excitement for the great turnout and is happy that the marijuana industry is boosting the economy while producing jobs in the community.
Jordan Surratt of Hemp Temps chats with potential temps Thursday. Surratt expresses excitement for the great turnout and is happy that the marijuana industry is boosting the economy while producing jobs in the community.
Photo by Scott Lentz

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Nick Troxel of Lincoln, Nebraska, made the drive down to Denver. Looking for an accounting job, Troxel says, "Everyone's got accounts".
Nick Troxel of Lincoln, Nebraska, made the drive down to Denver. Looking for an accounting job, Troxel says, "Everyone's got accounts".
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J.J. Walker of 420 Tours awaits prospective hires.
J.J. Walker of 420 Tours awaits prospective hires.
Photo by Scott Lentz
After waiting two-and-a-half hours in line, Dustin Weddle says he's just looking to find a good job. After hearing about CannaSearch from a friend, Weddle admitted that he never expected such a massive turnout. "Working in the marijuana field couldn't be a bad thing," he says.
After waiting two-and-a-half hours in line, Dustin Weddle says he's just looking to find a good job. After hearing about CannaSearch from a friend, Weddle admitted that he never expected such a massive turnout. "Working in the marijuana field couldn't be a bad thing," he says.
Photo by Scott Lentz

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Andrew Miller, a grower for Colorado Harvest Company Evergreen Apothecary, is looking for experienced workers with drive.
Andrew Miller, a grower for Colorado Harvest Company Evergreen Apothecary, is looking for experienced workers with drive.
Photo by Scott Lentz
Ryan Skidmore of CannaPages spreads the word about the publication.
Ryan Skidmore of CannaPages spreads the word about the publication.
Photo by Scott Lentz
The line wraps around the block at the O.Pen Vape headquarters.
The line wraps around the block at the O.Pen Vape headquarters.
Photo by Scott Lentz

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(L-R) Nathaniel Becker and Scott Pardi attend CannaSearch with Mary Ann and Toby Gallagher. Becker and Pardi are looking for more work, while the Gallaghers are interested in the holistic healing properties of medical marijuana and would like to get into the industry.
(L-R) Nathaniel Becker and Scott Pardi attend CannaSearch with Mary Ann and Toby Gallagher. Becker and Pardi are looking for more work, while the Gallaghers are interested in the holistic healing properties of medical marijuana and would like to get into the industry.
Photo by Scott Lentz
Kelly Walborn is looking for some temp sales work. Originally from New York, Walborn says "it's like legal drug dealing" when talking about Colorado's growing cannabis industry.
Kelly Walborn is looking for some temp sales work. Originally from New York, Walborn says "it's like legal drug dealing" when talking about Colorado's growing cannabis industry.
Photo by Scott Lentz
Anthony Hamilton looks to get a job that will use his biology degree.
Anthony Hamilton looks to get a job that will use his biology degree.
Photo by Scott Lentz

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