Most of us “Venture Cannabists” are familiar with big name cannabis websites out there such as Leafly and Marijuana.com, but what about the websites that will help us as entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry, where do we go for resources? Sometimes we can feel left out of the business loop, and the fight for the legitimacy of cannabis business continues. However, there are some great places we can go to join alliance with our peers. Below I have highlighted 3 cannabis websites that are essential and will provide a great value to the industry professional.
NORM stands for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and this is a must have site for the marijuana business man/woman. When you are running a cannabis business one of the most important things to keep in mind are the tight laws surrounding your operation, and knowing just what you can or cannot do. NORML has every law and regulation laid out by state in their law section, and a very user-friendly map that lets you view the laws easily. They not only cover current laws, but also the legal process for many issues such as knowing your rights and providing a list of marijuana lawyers in your area. This place is an overall database for regulation you want to bookmark now for sure. NORML is a great place to network with other like-minded folks who want to take a stand for the legalization of pot.
The National Cannabis Industry Association markets themselves as the “voice of the cannabis industry”. They are the only trade association for cannabis, and are supporting tens of thousands of industry related jobs. The three main components they advocate are protecting legitimate cannabis business, the right to banking access, and a fair tax policy. All three being major issues due to the federal regulations on marijuana. These are the people you want on your side, essentially an organized “voice” for your small cannabis company. Joining NCIA comes with many benefits. Members receive national brand exposure for their business, networking events, industry recognition, and sometimes even political representation on issues. The NCIA is your boxer in the ring, fighting for your rights to conduct business, and further the legitimacy of cannabis in the marketplace.
The final site we are covering focuses is a directory of jobs available in the cannabis industry. As business owners, we are always looking for hardworking and skilled employees to further grow our business. Cannabis is a very specific field and requires a certain type worker. THCjobs offers a database for you to upload positions you have available at your company. Submitting a job costs $25 for 30 days, not bad when you consider the headache of posting a specific job on craigslist or some other random portal. The jobs can be listed by location, job type, and if they are full time, part time, or commission based. The platform is clean and very user friendly.