The State Worker

Help wanted: California medical marijuana chief

Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director, Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland.
Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director, Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland. mjones@sacbee.com

The Brown administration has posted a job opening for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, which will set standards for California’s cannabis industry by 2018.

Sounds like an awesome opportunity, dude. You could get in on the ground floor of California’s push into regulating medical marijuana, making from $115,608 to $128,808 per year.

But you’ll have to deal with writing a load of rules and regulations, like licensing standards for distributors. A first in California.

Old-school growers and newbie farmers will want to tell you how to do business. Then you’ve got the consumers and the sellers. Doctors, lawyers, cops, politicians ... . We’re talking a billion-dollar industry that has sprung up in the wild, wild west. You’ll have to tame it.

Plus, you’ll have to be out front with the media, state government, locals and the feds. You’ll be the public face of the bureau. You’ll get more scrutiny than a grow site on the North Coast.

It helps if you have an advanced degree in public policy, administration or political science. A lobbying background’s a plus, too. So is proof that you know your way around a bureaucracy. Peacemaker skills a huge bonus.

Oh. And don’t even bother applying if you won’t pass a criminal background check.

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