Job hunters gather at a previous SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair. (Evan Thompson, courtesy of Bloom Farms)

California marijuana jobs: Hunt at a cannabis career fair in San Francisco

Once an emerging trend and now a major industry’s necessity, marijuana job fairs are becoming more and more common throughout the United States’ legal (and semi-legal) cannabis markets.

And California medical marijuana company Bloom Farms will announce its fourth marijuana job fair later today — the SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair on April 10. Companies at the fair will include Meadow and Harborside Health Center; Open positions include budtender, cannabis consultant, cultivation tech and delivery driver.

Last year’s event saw more than 1,800 attendees, according to Bloom Farms, but the more important 2015 stats are these ones: 26 employers hired 125 workers at last year’s event.

Sounds like legit California marijuana jobs — in a still-developing job-fair space that sometimes opts for publicity flash over actual cannabis companies looking to hire.

“The last SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair in July helped hundreds of job seekers take their first step toward a new career in the medical cannabis industry,” said Bloom Farms director Michael Ray. “This will be our fourth industry-specific career fair for cannabis job seekers.

“This career fair represents a shift in the way people view the medical cannabis industry. We’re chipping away at the negative social stigma that exists around marijuana by helping great job candidates find great companies to work for.”

April’s SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair will take over City Nights, 715 Harrison St. in San Francisco, from 12-4 p.m. April 10. Admission is free. Attendees must be 18 or older — and must have a doctor’s recommendation. The fair’s website says “business attire is strongly suggested” (their emphasis).

“Bloom Farms’ Cannabis Career & Job Fair is one of the only recruiting events that truly caters to the cannabis industry,” said Mistie Jung, Harborside Health Center’s human resources recruiter. “Since participating in the last two fairs, we’ve hired four qualified and quality applicants to our team.”