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Below is a list of media coverage of our HempStaff Cannabis Recruiting Services and Dispensary Training:


Date Outlet Article

Google Bans Marijuana Sales Through the Play Store Google has not been friendly to the Cannabis
Industry,” Yagielo told The Stash. “They’ve caused us problems with advertising since 2015.”

Kansas City Business Journal

Missouri could see medical cannabis create 7,500 jobs next year

“The medical cannabis industry in Missouri is going to need to hire thousands of people, including those with high-level skills for hard-to-fill positions.”


Newly Legalized Hemp Industry Set to Create a Jobs Boom in the US

“Yagielo said 80% of HempStaff’s current openings are for upper-level jobs, such as CFOs and accounting managers, but “once hemp factories get up and running to create products, they’re going to need factory line
people, machinists and other types of workers.”

RX Leaf
Cannabis Industry Jobs are Coming by the Thousands “However, they truly shine in their
ability to connect potential employees with business in need of personnel.”

HR Dive

HempStaff launches medical marijuana training and certification webinar

“To keep pace with need growing across the country, HempStaff, a cannabis-industry recruiting agency, announced its first webinar for medical marijuana dispensary training for Florida, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
job seekers.”

Terpenes and Testing Magazine

How one company is bringing fresh talent into an industry that’s expanding at massive levels.

“We do believe at this point, especially the medical industry, that it is not going anywhere.”

MJ Biz Magazine
Marijuana Business Magazine Salary Survey “We see chemical engineers coming who have done extraction at
other places (such as) Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson,” said James Yagielo, CEO of HempStaff

Pot Network

Staffing the Cannabis Industry: How one cannabis recruiting firm is using an affiliate program to help cannabis businesses earn additional revenue

“Cannabis affiliates can earn up to $1000 in commission through the new program. The commission can also be earned by referring business owners to HempStaff’s cannabis training programs too. “

THV 11

Now Hiring: You can become a ‘budtender’ for medical marijuana dispensary jobs

“Attendees will learn about the medicinal effects of cannabis, state laws, and complete a certification test. It’s training certification Faught [Dispensary Owner] would be impressed with on a resume.”


Ohio’s budding medical-marijuana industry has more open jobs than candidates

“One thing we tell people in our training classes is that job security could be an issue because at any given time the federal government could decide to enforce the federal law and shut down cannabis businesses,”

Company Fills Growing Demand for Cannabis Workers “HempStaff provides a service that can quickly
cut down a large number of applicants to those who are qualified for jobs in the hemp, recreational cannabis, and medical marijuana industry.”

Cannabis Business Times
5 Traditional Corporate Skills the Cannabis Industry Wants in Its New Hires “We
have hired for the cannabis industry directly from other industries, with no previous cannabis employment.”


Legalizing Florida Marijuana Flower Comes Down to Dollars and Sense

“States that allow flower in their medical marijuana program see a much greater percentage of patients,” James Yagielo

Oklahoma News 4
Cannabis college for growing industry “I felt like I learned almost too much. I learned a lot.
Having this versus not having this, you will be able to have the knowledge to give the patients when the come into the dispensary vs not knowing anything at all,” Tyler Ridenour, Hempstaff student.

Oklahoma Gazette
Tending Flower “So we partnered with some people in the industry. Some dispensary managers
created our curriculum. Since then, it’s been revised by a cannabinoid doctor, actually, and we, to date, have trained over 6,500 people in 20 state”

Superb Crew

HempStaff Quickly Becomes an industry leader in Hemp Industry Employee Recruiting

“Our goal continues to be, to ensure each state’s cannabis program succeeds by having the proper employees in place for each employer.”

MG Magazine

The Vegas Show: MJBizCon Hosts Big, Legal Cannabis Industry

“In years past, she said, cultivators had been in great demand, but as the industry grows and scales up, extraction services are quickly expanding to take the lead.”

News 4 Jax
High demand for medical marijuana means more jobs “I would say about 50 percent of
companies, probably more in Florida, actually drug test their initial employees. So if you test positive, and you don’t have your medical marijuana card, that could be a problem.”

Metro Times

How a Michigan-made marijuana testing company went national

“This is the first event of this kind, aimed at the specific skills for dispensary workers, that I’ve noticed around here. “


CBD Oil: Crackdown on Ohio sales hasn’t stopped some retailers from defying state regulators

“Enforcement may be there for a couple of weeks or months, but the police don’t have time to go around and check every head shop or every mall kiosk to see if they have CBD products.”

The Canton Repository
Looking for work in Ohio’s marijuana market? “HempStaff, which has hosted
dispensary training sessions across the nation since 2014, led a four-hour course in Cincinnati and a sold-out course in Cleveland earlier this year.”

Consumer Reports
6 Tips for Safe CBD Use “Some states have gone way more medical with their dispensaries, and they look like
a doctor’s office and have a medical professional on staff, as opposed to states that legalized years ago, when the dispensaries looked like an old fashioned head shop with Bob Marley posters on the wall.”


Marijuana Users Being Turned Away From Cannabis industry Jobs

“Bragging about growing primo black market bud or being the top selling weed slinger in the county are not things that should be listed on a resume.”

WTAM 1100 AM
Medical Marijuana Classes Available “HempStaff also operates as
headhunters in the industry, and thus has insight into the massive need for employees in Ohio’s growing medical marijuana industry.”


Jobs Recruiters Say These 3 Jobs in the Cannabis Industry Command the Highest Salaries

“[Yagielo’s] firm recently placed a manager from a California dispensary with a cannabis seller in Maryland. The owner of the business was looking for someone with at least 10 years of experience managing
dispensaries. Medical marijuana has been legal in Maryland for less than five years, making it impossible for anyone from Maryland to have that amount of experience.”

WYPR (NPR) (Audio)

Cannabis Commission Proposes Strengthening Training Regulations for Dispensary Employee

“Someone comes in and say they have arthritis, but they also get drug tested at their job,” says Yagielo. “You gotta know what product to give them, so they can relieve their arthritis, but also pass a drug test.”
Cannabis Radio (Audio)
Cannabis Recruiting “HempStaff has been involved in cannabis recruiting since 2014 and helped placed
thousands of employees in over a dozen states.”

Here’s what the marijuana industry’s largest gathering looks like in New Orleans
“The business has trained and certified more than 4,700 dispensary agents in 18 states since 2014.”

The Source

The Source Talks to HempStaff CEO About Employee Certification in Medical Marijuana Industry

“In our course we assist with student resumes, supply them with information on all state licensed companies as well as pointers on where these companies post job openings. Students are also placed in our database for
any future openings we may have, though start-up companies do tend to hire entry-level on their own.”

Fox 45 Baltimore
HempStaff hosts Medical Marijuana Dispensary Training courses “The
class, which took place at the Hilton Baltimore B.W.I. Airport Hotel, taught participants how to understand individual’s needs, how to determine dosages, cannabis’ effect, how cannabinoids can reduce symptoms and the
top 20 cannabis products on the market.”

Free Times

High Hopes: Medical Marijuana Could Mean Big Business for S.C.

“The impact is far reaching, from licensed cannabis businesses and doctors recommending marijuana, to those supplying supplies like lights and packaging, and even construction companies that have to build the
cultivation centers,” Yagielo tells Free Times.

Big Buds Magazine

Want to Be A Professional Budtender?  Here Are Six Thing I Learned in Budtending School

“On a Saturday morning, I learned how to be a dispensary agent.”

High School: Get Your Cannabis Education in Mass. “[Course] helps you understand
the industry and the medication which will help boost your resume with the knowledge you need to speak intelligently when you land that interview for an opening at a dispensary in the near future.”

Associated Press
Budtenders to Be in High Demand in Michigan “It’s the only time we get to choose our own
medication,” Yagielo said. “The doctor gives you a recommendation . (but) you get to choose what you put in your body.”

Detroit Free Press

Medical marijuana to make budtenders in high demand in Michigan

“He took the HempStaff class in Ohio last year, but also went to the Romulus class for a second go-around in February, with the goal of learning more about Michigan’s new regulated market and the best way to
determine what type of marijuana a cardholder needs.”

WKYC Cleveland NBC

Florida company to bring cannabis training to Cleveland

“The 4-hour course is designed to educate those in the cannabis industry such as business owners, workers and cultivators.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Despite Ohio’s medical marijuana industry’s rocky start, job excitement grows

“Many people think, ‘I’ve been smoking for years I’m qualified.’ But that’s not what this is about; especially in Ohio where they don’t even allow you to sell plant material for smoking.”

Dope Magazine
Secrets of a Successful Cannabusiness Couple ” Rosie recalled the time they published a book
that almost immediately became obsolete, emphasizing the importance of all their trainers’ intimate knowledge of the industry in every region of the country.”

WKMG Orlando
Florida company offers training to meet needs of budding cannabis industry
“Since then, HempStaff has hosted more than 100 training sessions around the country. The course is designed for people who want to work in the industry and is localized for the laws in each state where the training
takes place. “

Big Bugs Magazine

Garden State Debate: New Jerseyites Have Complicated Feelings On Cannabis

“Yagielo offers his advice for those who are interested in future grow ops under legalization”

Forbes Magazine
Cannabis Insiders Share 2018 Industry Wishes “Much of
this shift can be credited to the fact that education now exists to help not only the industry workers but for the patient themselves. “
12/29/2017 Philly Magazine Budtender training to be offered in Philly in 2018 “The training and certification
are designed to give aspiring dispensary agents a resume boost, the Florida-based company writes in a lengthy description of its training.”


Marijuana Job Workshop In New Jersey Will Train ‘Budtenders’

“Our trainers have years of experience working in the cannabis industry and managing a dispensary, with plenty of inside information on how this industry works… We know that laws are constantly updated in the early
months of the MMJ program. That’s why, once you take our professional training class, you are welcome to return to any future training session, based on availability, at no charge.”

CannaTech News
A Career In Cannabis Could Earn You $250,000 A Year “However, it’s
not in the growing fields where the lion’s share of the cash is made these days, in fact, it all starts in the classroom.”

Ganjapreneur (Audio)
James Yagielo: Cannabis Industry Staffing and Recruitment “I really
want to congratulate you on your success, operating in a lot of states is a really impressive feat. You reached out early and are really leading this charge in this ancillary side of the cannabis industry.”

ThisWeek Community News

Medical marijuana: Businesses offering training for ‘budtenders’

“We have all different types of people,” Yagielo said. “We have potential owners. … We also have doctors who come to our class, pharmacists, patients interested in learning more.”

Dayton Daily News

Businesses seek to work with Ohio medical marijuana

“The company, founded in 2014, specializes in recruiting for the cannabis sector and sees opportunity helping businesses in Ohio who will be unlikely to find workers with dispensary experience.”

CNN Money

It pays to be a scientist in the marijuana industry “The greatest demand, according to James
Yagielo, co-founder and owner of the Florida-based headhunter HempStaff, is for master extractors. They process the active components THC and CBD from marijuana and hemp to make oils, concentrates, edibles and other

Coalition Radio (Video)

Career Opportunities in Medical Cannabis “Cannabis really does help in regards to the Opioid Epidemic.”

HR Dive

High appeal: How cannabis worker training translates across industries

“Budtenders lacked the formal training needed for the job and were the biggest complaint of patients,” he said. This motivated him to co-found HempStaff.”

HR Dive

Up in smoke: Marijuana workers need further training as more states legalize

“They hire trainers who have the right scientific background and have been training for at least five years. “

Arkansas Times

Training for cannabis and medical marijuana dispensary jobs in Arkansas

“I was just so happy to finally learn something about the medical uses and confirm my limited knowledge (and provide much more knowledge). Thank you so much for the professionalism each presenter and other staff
displayed. You are the ones who can help fan the flames of legitimacy in this field so thank you!”

Chief Learning Officer Magazine

Marijuana Workers in Need of Higher Learning “Most business owners simply
don’t have the time to train new hires on every aspect of running a dispensary, said Rosie Yagielo, co-founder of HempStaff, a medical marijuana recruiting and dispensary training company.”

Civilized Magazine

This Company Trains Budtenders So They Don’t Hurt Patients – Or The Cannabis Movement

“What we tell our [students] is that they are supposed to be cannabis product specialists … It’s important to be professional and educate the patient rather than just selling weed,” says Yagielo.”

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Medical marijuana industry expected to bring new jobs to Arkansas

“If the agents “don’t give the right product to someone and they don’t think it works, well, they’ll think medical marijuana is a farce,” Yagielo said.”

West Palm Beach NBC 5

HempStaff holds medical marijuana dispensary training in West Palm Beach

“These folks are going to need staff that know what they are talking about, that are not going to hurt the cardholder but enhance the cardholder’s knowledge and give them a comfort level when they come into the
shop,” she says. “They’re breaking taboos, they’re educating, they’re wearing a lot of hats under the one title of ‘dispensary agent’.”

Miami Herald

Cannabis catalyst: Medical marijuana could boost business in Florida

“If I had my way, I would be the nationwide trainer for dispensary agents,” Yagielo said. “Like whatever it’s called that does the bartending classes, that would be me.

A legal marijuana market in Florida would likely boost businesses other than the nurseries and dispensaries most commonly associated with the marijuana industry.”

Chicago Tribune

Aspiring budtenders seek training to run medical marijuana dispensaries

“A thick line of people formed inside a DoubleTree hotel Saturday afternoon, all of them waiting to learn if they had earned the distinction of certified budtender, one of many titles for a person who works behind
the counter at a medicinal marijuana dispensary.”

DNA Info

Budtender’ Class in March Sold Out; Seats Available for April’s Class

“When my students walk out of class, they’re a product specialist, they can tell you different guidelines for dosage and how cannabis works in the system. At the end of the day, the person”

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