Oregon is soon to have some new job openings. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is putting out feelers in efforts to hire 11 Cannabis Compliance Officers before recreational sales begin October 1.
Medical marijuana dispensaries will begin to serve recreational users next month, and Oregon will begin to accept and review applications for strictly recreational businesses starting in early 2016.
Much like their counterparts that deal with alcohol-related issues, these new Cannabis Compliance Officers will investigate business and production facilities. They will also organize decoy operations in hopes of catching and discouraging minors from attempting to buy marijuana.
"The idea is just like compliance officers who work on the alcohol side of the OLCC who are trying to help our licensees be successful in their businesses through education and direction," said Mark Pettinger with OLCC.
The new compliance officers will only monitor strictly recreational facilities and will not be charged with monitoring recreational marijuana sold in medical dispensaries.
OLCC officials are not the only ones trying to grow their staff before the influx of recreational pot sales. The dispensaries themselves are scrambling to hire new workers in effort to keep up with the expected demand. In many instances this means more than doubling their current staff.
"We've got a lot of good product right now," said Eugene OG co-owner Lawrence Siskind. "We've got new employees also, so things are working out as we're planning, and there's still a lot of things to do."
"We're worried about running out of product on the rec side, but we'll do what we can to keep it on the shelves," he added.
Medical marijuana patients need not worry about a shortage, as large supplies will be held in reserve just for them.
The new positions pay between $3,610 and $5,277 a month. They are hiring four for the Portland OLCC office; you can apply online. Three of the 11 positions are temporary.