Qualifications you need in order to work at a marijuana dispensary


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) -- As dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries are set to pop up in Arkansas, local weed organizations are offering training seminars and certifications for those who plan to work at such dispensaries.

With just a quick Facebook search and a click of the mouse, you’ll come across numerous, self-proclaimed “weed organizations”. Some of them, even offering “dispensary training” and certifications to work in a dispensary. One training seminar by HempStaff set to take place Saturday in Little Rock is listed at $249 dollars.

But are these so-called certifications necessary?

“We don’t know the legitimacy of these [organizations] at this time,” Scott Hardin, with the state Department of Finance and Administration, an agency that oversees the Arkansas Marijuana Commission, explained.

While he says it probably wouldn’t hurt to attend one of these seminars, Hardin cautions the buyer to beware:

“There’s some that probably are offering some good information; some that probably aren’t,” Hardin said.

Hardin went on to explain that hiring-decisions at the dispensaries will be up to the businesses, and since they’re still several months out from being up and running, it’s too soon to tell exactly what requirements each dispensary might have.

“if anyone’s claiming that they have the answers, I would say just do your research,” Hardin added.

As far as the state is concerned, a person would need to be a registered agent to work at a dispensary. That involves having the Alcohol Beverage and Control Office running a background check on the person, verifying they’re at least 21 years of age, and have no previous drug charges.

The Marijuana Commission is currently sifting through 227 dispensary applications. It’ll eventually bring that number down to a total of 32 dispensaries that will span the state.

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