Coming to Philly in 2018: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Training

If becoming a “budtender” is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’re in luck.

Aspiring to become a budtender in 2018?

HempStaff, a medical marijuana recruiting and dispensary training group, has you covered. The organization will hold two medical marijuana dispensary training sessions in Philly in January – and students can expect learn about dispensaries, Pennsylvania’s cannabis laws, and weed in general.

Here’s what to expect, per a Facebook page for the event: a “fast-paced,” four-hour course meant to boost your résumé, should you choose to apply to one of the marijuana dispensaries coming to Philly and Pennsylvania in 2018. Through a cannabis trainer flown in from Colorado, HempStaff will attempt to “give you the knowledge you need to speak intelligently when you an interview for an opening at a dispensary in the near future.”

The goal is to help attendees become future “budtenders” (also known as dispensary agents, pharmacy technicians, or patient liaisons – but we prefer budtenders). HempStaff described the role in the Facebook event:

“It is the person that works behind the counter of a marijuana dispensary that helps patients meet their medicinal needs with medical marijuana. They are like the pharmacist of medical marijuana, helping to educate patients on the best product to help them relieve their ailments, and letting their patients know what the appropriate usage of that product is and the proper dosage to begin with.”

The organization will offer two workshops on January 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Center City – one between 8 a.m. and noon and another between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Expect to learn about symptoms medical marijuana can alleviate, how to direct patients to use medical marijuana products, how to recommend an appropriate dosage, how your body processes cannabis, and more.

At the end of each session, attendees will get the chance to a pass an unofficial, 20-question certification test, as well as undergo a résumé review.

It’s not cheap – tickets for the sessions, which are available through Eventbrite, cost $249 a piece, so you have to be pretty committed to the cause. For more information on the event, visit the Facebook page or HempStaff’s website.

Oh, and just a reminder for anyone thinking of applying to a dispensary in 2018 — you can’t put any illegal experience on your résumé.