Growth of the medical Ganja industry in Jamaica

The employment rate in Jamaica has increased slightly in recent years, driven by the boom in the commercial sector. Another growing sector has quietly created new career opportunities and is bringing a new boost to the country's economy.

Recruitment of the best talents

You don't have to know all the plant's attractions to work in the medical ganja industry.

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Scheril Murray Powell, lawyer and cannabis entrepreneur

“As the industry matures, quality and standards will become more and more important, and there will be ancillary opportunities for accountants, marketers, physicians, IT specialists and lawyers. " 

said Scheril Murray Powell, lawyer and cannabis entrepreneur in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

The roles of plant pickers in demand are: the director of production, the master farmer, the growers and the bud samplers. Given the technical nature of culture and transformation, prospective employees with a scientific background have an advantage in finding a job.

"Companies are looking for growers with applied science training"

said Dr. Machel Emanuel, a horticulturist and senior researcher at Life Science Cannabis Research Group from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

“Today, cannabis cultivation is different from traditional cultivation. You need that technical expertise. "

He added: “Biotechnology is also in demand for the extraction process, and analytical chemists are needed to establish chemical profiles. "

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Increased opportunities

Increasing career opportunities is a global trend. US-based research firm New Frontier Data says by 2020 the industry is expected to create 250 new jobs, while jobs in other sectors like manufacturing and government will decline in this country. Job search app also reported a 445% increase in jobs at marijuana companies in 2017, and average salaries in the industry rose 16,8% between 2017 and 2018.

The cannabis industry is also creating an ecosystem with increased business activity. Ancillary businesses like surveillance technology, security and greenhouse development companies have all benefited from the regulated industry.

A local ganja business can easily spend up to $ 1 million a month on 24 hour child care to meet the regulatory requirements. Twenty-four-hour CCTV surveillance is another regulatory mandate that allows ganja companies to manage millions of dollars in installation costs.

Jamaica job ganja

There has also been the emergence of local consulting firms offering their services to navigate the tedious application process on behalf of investors.

“It also creates a whole new area of ​​medicine where physicians can recommend cannabis treatment,” added Murray Powell.

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“This generates additional income for the doctors who refer their patients because they see the patient several times a year, rather than once for an annual check-up.

While employment opportunities are great, Murray Powell said entrepreneurship is also important for Jamaicans. This is exactly what she did when she trained Canna Head Hunters, a job recruiting firm for cannabis companies, as well as Green Sustainable Strong, an agriculture and cannabis consulting firm.

"It's very important to seize business opportunities, otherwise all we have is a plantation type industry," said Murray Powell.

As the local marijuana industry takes shape and things fall into place, Murray Powell shared this advice with companies that are currently recruiting talent.

“This industry was built on the backs of activists, patients and Rastafarians, and these people should be incorporated into your recruiting plans. This will allow you to be held to account and keep your feet on the ground, ”she said.

“We must respect the plant and the early pioneers. If you only focus on the business side, you are showing a short-term view. "

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