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Looking for Work? Get a Job in Cannabis! MO Marijuana Employment and Education Opportunities

Cannabis education and employment opportunities in Missouri

Cannabis has the fastest-growing job market in the US. This is excellent news if you're looking for work in Missouri!

The cannabis industry is the fastest-growing job market in the country right now. That’s excellent news for anyone looking for work in Missouri, where the medical marijuana program has finally gotten a foothold and is ready to take off.

The Department of Health and Senior Services has reported a surge in patient registrations, and there were more than 100 thousand patients with a Missouri marijuana card as of the beginning of May 2021.

At Missouri Marijuana Card, we help patients who qualify for medical marijuana in Missouri get the natural relief they deserve. And our blog is a top resource for the latest news, tips and advice, and points of interest for all things cannabis in Missouri!

With all the excitement surrounding cannabis this year, you may be wondering how you can get in on the action. There are lots of career opportunities in cannabis right now, and positions are available in every possible sector, from cultivating, to processing and packaging, to bud tending, marketing, and management.

Let’s take a look at how to find a job in the Missouri cannabis market, and what you can do to ensure you are a top candidate for the job you may have only dreamed of before now.

Missouri Cannabis Employment Resources

Highlite Staffing

Highlite Staffing is a temporary staffing and permanent placement agency that specializes in helping cannabis companies find the right people to fit every job. They offer employment opportunities for people who have completed mandatory state compliance training* and a background check, and they are looking to fill positions in the following areas:


Cultivation Assistants: $10 - $14/hour

Junior Growers: $35k - $45k/year

Lead Growers: $60k - $120k/year


Production Lab Assistants - $12-$14/hour

Lab Technician: $35k - $50k/year

Extraction Specialist: $55k - 85k/year


Dispensary Assistants: $12-$15/hour

Receptionists: $10 - $15/hour

Budtenders: $12-$18/hour + tips


Inventory Specialist: $30k - 35k/year

Buyers: $35k - $50k/year


Compliance Officer: $55K - 85K/year

Compliance Auditor: $20 - $30/hour


Managers: $40k - $50k/year

General Managers: $60k - $80k/year

Staffed Up

Staffed Up is a recruiting agency that specializes in a number of industries, including cannabis. You can go to their website, enter your desired work location, and apply for any of the jobs that pop up through their hub.

There are currently job listings in Kansas City and St. Louis, including the following:

Kansas City

Bud Tender at CLOVR

Community Engagement Administrator at 3rd Street Dispensary

St. Louis

Store Manager at Heya

Cannabis Consultant at Jane

Logistics Coordinator at Greenlight

Missouri Cannabis Education Resources

When you want to get a job in cannabis in Missouri, you usually need to have (at minimum) a state compliance training. Many employers provide this training free of charge, but agencies generally require that you have training and a background check completed before you are placed in a position.

State Compliance Certification - Cannabis Community College

Cannabis Community College is one of the most convenient options for getting the compliance certification you need in order to get on the right path for your new career in cannabis. For $279, you can get a Missouri cannabis compliance certification in cultivation, production, and dispensary. However, you can also purchase an individual compliance certificate course in any of the three areas for $99.

According to the Cannabis Community College website, courses take about two hours to complete, but you can finish them on your own time, taking as long as you need.

Cannabis Science and Operations Certificate - St. Louis University

The Cannabis Science and Operations certificate at St. Louis University is a 16-credit program, and it is meant to prepare students for careers in cannabis sales and marketing, dispensary management, quality assurance and laboratory technology, and more.

You must be 22 years old or older (with some exceptions), and have a high school diploma or GED. This is a university program, so there are grants and scholarships available. The following courses are required in order to to complete the program:

  • Cannabis Fundamentals: Growing, Manufacturing & Dispensing

  • Cannabis Plant Science & Cultivation

  • Cannabis Extraction & Product Production

  • Cannabis Compliance & Dispensing

  • Pharmacological Properties of Cannabis

  • Cannabis Operations Internship

Cannabis Studies - Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University has recently launched its Cannabis Studies department. Every program offered is currently a 6-month certificate program at a cost of $2,950. The university has exclusive partnerships for job placement, and completing a certification will prepare you for a career in one of the following areas:

  • Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine

  • Cannabis Law and Policy

  • The Business of Cannabis

  • Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture

Start by Getting First Hand Experience With a Marijuana Card!

Of course we are going to say that one of the best ways to get to know the medical marijuana market is by sampling what Missouri dispensaries have to offer! With a Missouri marijuana card, you can shop at any dispensary in MO, and you can even grow your own marijuana plants if you add on a cultivation license!

With the explosive growth of the cannabis industry, there are boundless opportunities for Missouri residents passionate about helping others find natural relief.

The career of your dreams may be just around the corner!


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Missouri Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Missouri.

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