Sponsored – How cannabis is impacting the US and gig economy
Marijuana Industry as one of the fastest growing job markets in the US
At a time when the labor market appears to be bound on the rest of the gig economy, marijuana industry seems to have risen up when it comes to job creation. This has positively influenced the economy of the US. Because of the treating agent properties that cannabis extract has, distributors saw a massive job creation in 2018 with thousands of new positions.
For years, marijuana has been illegal for any purpose – be it medicinal or recreational, and the possession of it being heavily criminalized. However, in recent years more states are considering legalizing marijuana even for recreational use. It has been illegal according to federal law but now states have revived their laws to make the cultivation and use of it more legal ultimately balancing out the economy.
Colorado was the first ever state in America which legalized the use of marijuana, that law was then followed by Washington in 2012. Since then, a few other states have followed the suit. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 11 states for adults over the age of 21 and is legal for medical use in 33 states.
Gig companies that deliver cannabis
Over the years the cannabis industry in the US has exploded to a new level and is expected to reach $32b by the year 2022. It’s now more mainstream than it ever was due to new regulations and reaching into a wide variety of other industries from home to beauty products. There are multiple companies now that are widely changing the process of delivering cannabis to consumers doorsteps. Below you will find everything you need to know about these companies that are changing the way people get their legal cannabis.
One of the popular companies that is delivering marijuana in the US, especially in the Bay Area, quite conveniently is EAZE. It is an online market platform that provides legal and easy access to cannabis through secure delivery. To date, they have claimed to complete more than 3.5 million cannabis deliveries thus providing many in San Francisco jobs.
This company is not a production house but it acts as a facilitator, hiring drivers who pick up customers’ orders from the dispensary. There are more than 200 products and 60 licensed brands available for purchase on the platform.
Many Californians get their cannabis orders online but the delivery has been more expensive for them since January due to a decrease in delivery drivers who were lacking desired benefits. Some small dispensaries also ceased their operations instead of paying drivers more and providing benefits.
But with Caliva it’s the other way around. They constantly strived to promote the best for their drivers. Now the company is making close to 2000 deliveries per day and is actively looking to recruit more drivers.
Drivers now start at between $15 and $17.50 per hour depending upon experience. Full time drivers receive health insurance, vacation time, a 401K and stock options, plus the option of purchasing stock during investment rounds.
Kanna is another cannabis related job service that matches people seeking employment with cannabis related jobs. The company matches locals with dispensaries that are in need of workers. They even offer to help individuals get licensed and trained to be able to work a variety of gigs from budtending to delivery to security all within the cannabis industry. They empathize flexible work opportunities that fit into the schedules of those seeking gigs.