Most Unusual Job Opening? State Of Washington Looks To Hire Pot Consultant

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SEATTLE (AP) - Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.

As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal marijuana, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it's best grown, dried, tested, labeled, packaged and cooked into brownies.

Those angling for the job were expected to learn more Wednesday in Tacoma. The state Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with developing rules for the marijuana industry, reserved a convention center hall with a capacity of 275 people - plus an overflow room - for its bidding experts to take questions about the position and the hiring process.

"The Liquor Control Board has a long and a very good history with licensing and regulation. We know it and know how to do it well," said spokesman Mikhail Carpenter. "But there are some technical aspects with marijuana we could use a consultant to help us with."

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Last fall, Washington and Colorado became the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and setting up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores where adults over 21 can walk in and buy up to an ounce of heavily taxed cannabis. Sales are due to begin in Washington state in December.

Both states are working to develop rules for the emerging pot industry. Up in the air is everything from how many growers and stores there should be, to how the marijuana should be tested to ensure people don't get sick.

Washington's Liquor Control Board has advertised for consulting services in four categories. The first is "product and industry knowledge" and requires "at least three years of consulting experience relating to the knowledge of the cannabis industry, including but not limited to product growth, harvesting, packaging, product infusion and product safety."

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Other categories cover quality testing, including how to test for levels of THC, the compound that gets marijuana users high; statistical analysis of how much marijuana the state's licensed growers should produce; and the development of regulations, a category that requires "a strong understanding of state, local or federal government processes," with a law degree preferred.

In case no regulatory lawyers who grow pot in their spare time apply, multiple contracts could be awarded. Or bidders who are strong in one category could team up with those who are strong in another. Bids are due Feb. 15, with the contract awarded in March.

Many of the bidders are expected to come from the medical marijuana world.

Christy Stanley, a Kitsap County resident who has researched marijuana and considered opening a medical dispensary in the past, said she's attending the conference because she'd like the job, but wants to know whether it would disqualify her from also becoming a licensed grower or retailer. She knows growers, but has never grown marijuana herself, she said.

"This is big: The nation and the world are looking to us to set up a good model," she said. "If it works here, they're just going to cookie-cut this for other states."


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jay917

Go to the prisons and find someone incarcerated for manufacture controlled substance(growing it) as for brownies, any grandmom can make them. remove seeds and stems(if any) grind finely, add additional moisture to compensate for solids( additional egg and milk will do nicely and Voila...A good part time position for a retiree with income limits who enjoys baking anyway( and maybe getting a buzz on too) LOL

January 31 2013 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne

Believe it or not, pot has far less side effects than Prescription medications.

January 31 2013 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jay917

The government knows that but the Pharmacuetical companies controll congress with money and lobbyists.. Create a consumer advocasy and solicit dues or donations and it could become as, if not more powerful than Pharma, NRA and even AARP..

January 31 2013 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
j3zim

Willy Nelson

January 31 2013 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BRUCE

Lol...excellant, gets my vote.

January 31 2013 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbear10024

As I hum the theme song from Family Guy's "Bag o' weed," I think WA State is off to a good start. Perhaps we've seen the end of those depressing days when life is reduced to seeds & stems? How long can it be before growers get farm subsidies? Time to homestead again. We live in wonderous times.

January 31 2013 at 8:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
golfinkatiekat77

I actually think they ought to grow their pot at the state and federal prisons in Washington State. I mean they have an endless supply of "experts" in the cultivation of marijuana. They have great knowledge of the "black or grey" market. They don't need to be paid in cash,,,just a little product. It needs to be tested anyway so they have all kinds of experts "in-house' for that too!! It's a win-win situation!! Of course with the weed being legal, they might run out of "new talent" to choose from as the arrests for smoking grass and growing it will dramatically decrease!!
I'm unemployed and while I know very little about the black/grey market, I'm sure I could learn!!

January 30 2013 at 6:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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jay917

Or give them actual employment and pay for their incarceration

January 31 2013 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mimsysc

Where is cheech and chong when you need them?

January 30 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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jay917

Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin are excellent prospects..well at least Tommy Chong,,and he can supply smoking devices too

January 31 2013 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eareadjr

The people of the State of Washington are making responsible and reasonable decisions regarding the use of marijuana. The same cannot be said of the opressive federal government.

January 30 2013 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jagarundi

This hit the news lines as a "shocking" headline but the plan is the most practical and I applaud the state for having the sense to hire experts.

January 30 2013 at 10:46 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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