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We currently do not have any classes planned for Virginia until a broader medical marijuana law is in place which allows more than 5 dispensaries and includes THC. However, our class is 90% the same from state to state so, get our upcoming medical marijuana dispensary training schedule and look at the webinars, including our basic cannabis training course or register with HempStaff to be notified when dispensary training is in your area.

Virginia Budtender Training

The goal of this class is to help you understand the cannabis industry and cannabis products, as well as help boost your resume and give you the knowledge you need to speak intelligently when you land that interview for an opening at a dispensary in the near future.

For those with no legal experience to put on a resume, training greatly increases your chances of getting a job in the marijuana industry! On average, a Marijuana business owner gets over 200 resumes for every opening they post! With HempStaff Training on your resume – you WILL stand out from the crowd!

Many owners across the nation have taken our course, and they all agree – they will look for HempStaff trained employees first when interviewing for entry level dispensary employees – as they know our course gives them the cannabis knowledge to help them succeed.  Certainly not every business owner has heard of us, but all owners can agree that some training is better than no training.

During the 2018 session, Virginia lawmakers greatly expanded upon a 2017 law that permitted patients suffering from intractable epilepsy to use some types of cannabis oil with a doctor’s certification. Under the new law, HB 1251, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam on March 9, 2018, doctors can recommend CBD or THC-A cannabis oil for any condition. While the law is being implemented, patients can possess the oil if it meets the state’s requirement of at least 15% CBD or THC-A and no more than 5% THC, and they have in their possession their doctor’s recommendation form (called a “written certification”). Unfortunately, the law provides only an “affirmative defense,” a protection the defendant can raise during a criminal prosecution — however, it does not automatically prevent the patient from being stopped, arrested, and charged with marijuana possession by police.

Once the registration process is open, patients and doctors will have to register with the Board of Pharmacy. THC-A and CBD oil will be produced and sold in Virginia only by specially licensed businesses called “pharmaceutical processors.” On September 26th 2018, the five companies that will be “pharmaceutical processors” and dispensaries were announced.

On April 13th, 2020 Virginia passed a new law that reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record. In addition to approving marijuana decriminalization, Gov. Northam also signed Senate Bill 1015, which states that no person may be arrested, prosecuted, or denied any right or privilege for participating in the state’s medical cannabis program.

The state initially permitted CBD oil and THC-A oil, which limited THC to no more than 5%. Now, all cannabis oils are included, though dosing is limited to 10mg of THC (with no limit on the number of doses taken at a time). The product set was limited initially but now, following the passage of SB 1557, includes a wide variety, including edibles, patches and vape pens. The program is expected to be operational and dispensing cannabis products to authorized patients by mid-year 2020.

How will this course help you get a job in a Marijuana Dispensary?
1)  Training on your resume will get you noticed when you apply to a dispensary and lead to more interviews
2)  The knowledge you learn in class allows you to speak intelligently and speak to points the dispensary managers want to hear, giving you a much greater chance of landing the job.
3) When HempStaff clients come to us looking for Budtenders, our trained students, that live in their area, will be contacted first!

This training focuses on Dispensary Agents, or Budtenders, the person that works behind the counter of a marijuana dispensary. At HempStaff, we believe they need to be trained since they are the product specialists whose main responsibility is to be an expert on all cannabis products. This person must be trained to work with patients and customers and help educate on how cannabis can alleviate some of their symptoms. Dispensary agents must be able suggest which products may work best and also how to use these products and what the appropriate dosages should be.

We are the ONLY Dispensary Training Course that employs someone with 4+ years of legal cannabis experience, including dispensary management experience, as our head trainer! We know the value of having our students be able to ask questions that only someone with this much experience can actually answer.

Please Note: DO NOT put ANY illegal experience on your resume for a job in the marijuana industry! Unless you have experience working in a dispensary, this training will be what you can put on your resume to let employers know you have the knowledge and ambition they are looking for when selecting candidates to interview. Taking this training shows you have the motivation to obtain professional training in the subject of marijuana and truly desire to be the best Dispensary Employee you can be!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CANNABIS DISPENSARY TRAINING FOR VIRGINIA:

  1. How Marijuana helps patients and the power of different cannabinoids and terpenes
  2. Marijuana and the symptoms that it can minimize or alleviate
  3. All Marijuana products that may be available and how to direct a patient to use them
  4. How to recommend the appropriate Marijuana dosage
  5. How to greet customers and speak with them to understand their needs and recommend the most appropriate Marijuana product and dosage to help them have a positive experience
  6. The Endocannabinoid system: Learn how this little known system in your body uses the cannabinoids to help alleviate ailments
  7. The main cannabinoids in cannabis (THC, CBD, CBN, etc) and what each can do for your patients
  8. The ailments/diseases medical cannabis can be recommended for and which cannabinoids / terpenes work best for symptoms associated with these diseases
  9. How to manage Point of Sale systems, Inventory Systems and Security in the Cannabis Industry
  10. A Day in the Life of a Dispensary Agent or Budtender
  11. Our trainer, with 4+ years of experience working in a marijuana dispensary, will teach you what you need to know to be a knowledgeable, compassionate and professional marijuana employee in this new exciting industry.
  12. There will be a question and answer session as well, so bring all your questions regarding marijuana dispensaries!

The HempStaff Certification was created so that we can be sure that any candidate we send to our client for an interview is trained and qualified. In addition to any possible job openings through HempStaff, students are encouraged to list the HempStaff Certification and Training as education/professional training on their resume when applying for industry jobs on their own.

Many of our students have used our networked, some even in our class, to search out their own opportunities to obtain jobs on their own. Dozens of dispensary owners have attended our classes as well – so we suggest business casual attire. There are many opportunities to explore once you are properly trained! Now is the time to get cannabis training for Virginia dispensary jobs and get into this industry before it explodes nationally over the next couple years!

As soon as Virginia has a more robust medical marijuana program, we will setup Virginia Medical Marijuana Training for dispensary jobs.

Not ready to purchase a training seat yet?  Register with HempStaff to be emailed about future training courses.

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