S 02, Ep. 19: She’s a headhunter for pot industry; He’s a canna-confectioner

Featured guests: Vangst Talent Network founder Karson Humiston and Blue Kudu CEO Andrew Schrot.

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LOTS TO TALK ABOUT

•  The do’s and don’ts of attending cannabis career fairs (spoiler alert: Don’t get stoned before going).

•  Dealing with family members who are skeptical and concerned about marijuana jobs.

•  What industry leaders are looking for in prospective employees — from budtenders to CEOs.

TOP MARIJUANA NEWS

The overlooked side of DEA’s ruling: The United States may soon enter into a new era of medicine, after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a plan to make it easier for researchers and private companies to grow or obtain marijuana for study. The move opens the door to broader university research of the active chemicals — called cannabinoids — that make marijuana tick. The cannabinoids found in marijuana mirror chemicals produced by the human body to regulate everything from mood to appetite to sleep, and researchers have long been curious about how they can be deployed medically. –Report by The Denver Post’s John Ingold and The Cannabist’s Alicia Wallace

Colorado marijuana shops sell nearly $600 million of weed in first half of 2016: Colorado marijuana shops sold nearly $600 million of recreational and medical cannabis and related products in the first half of 2016, new Department of Revenue data show. And a prominent cannabis industry analyst says the sales are on pace to reach $1.35 billion by year’s end. The state’s marijuana tax data for June 2016 shows near-record highs for Colorado’s recreational and medical cannabis markets. –Report by The Cannabist’s Ricardo Baca

POT QUIZ

Test your current-events knowledge about research on American marijuana habits, celebrity advice on curing high paranoia, Colorado laws on growing weed and presidential candidate pot policies.

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