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How to Become a Budtender in Massachusetts

Do you want to learn how to become a budtender in Massachusetts?

Read our comprehensive guide on Massachusetts laws, budtender responsibilities and requirements, and how to get picked over hundreds of job applicants.

What are the Marijuana Laws in Massachusetts?

Learning about the laws that regulate cannabis use in Massachusetts can help you get hired as a budtender.

Medical marijuana use was approved in November 2012. Adult-use regulations were passed by voters in November 2016.

Medical patients are allowed to possess a 60-day supply of cannabis (10 ounces of dry flower or 1.5 ounces of cannabis concentrates). Adult-use consumers can have up to one ounce on them or up to 10 ounces at home.

Adults over 21 years of age are allowed to grow up to six plants or 12 plants per household. Medical cannabis patients are also allowed to grow up to six plants for personal use.

Budtender is one of the most popular cannabis jobs in Massachusetts.

Budtender Responsibilities and Requirements

Budtenders are responsible for helping patients through their purchasing decision and answering all of their questions about the selection of medicine and methods of consumption. Also known as a dispensing agent, a budtender ensures the dispensary remains compliant with state rules.

Budtender Responsibilities:

  • Warmly greet customers
  • Educate patients about different strains and products
  • Ensure customer flow is efficient without sacrificing patient needs
  • Check inventory at the beginning and end of shift
  • Maintain a clean and organized workspace

Budtender Requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Massachusetts resident
  • Communication and organization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a team atmosphere
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • High school or college degree

Dispensaries may ask you to pass a background (CORI) check to identify crimes that automatically disqualify you from working in the cannabis industry including felony convictions, failure to register as a sex offender, or a conviction for distributing drugs to minors.

Under state law, however, some prior drug-related convictions don’t automatically disqualify you from working as a budtender. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission is working toward prioritizing “economic empowerment” applicants and building up a social equity program.

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How to Get Hired as a Budtender in Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ cannabis industry is rapidly expanding. In order to excel in the industry, you must have a passion for it. Read up on as many blogs, books, and other educational sources to understand the latest trends across the country and in the state.

Once you have a background in your state’s laws, where cannabis dispensaries are located, and what requirements are needed to work as a budtender, you can search online job boards, local publications, and more to find dispensary job openings.

Send in an updated resume along with a short and informative cover letter along with your application to highlight your skills and why you deserve to be hired over anyone else. Make sure to highlight any prior retail and customer service experience, as well as any cannabis education.

If you’ve done everything right, you’ll at least get an interview. Prepare yourself for any question you may be asked and get there early to make a good first impression. With the cannabis job growth in the state, you have plenty of possibilities to enter the industry.

How Much Does a Budtender Make in Massachusetts?

Budtender salaries in Massachusetts will vary based on the dispensary location. On average, budtenders in Massachusetts earn between $15 to $16 an hour or about $31,200 per year in salary, similar to the average budtender salary across the country.

On top of a salary, dispensaries in Massachusetts may also offer budtenders various job benefits including health insurance, vision insurance, paid time off, and parental leave. Store discounts are also a common job perk.

Where to Find Budtender Jobs in Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ burgeoning adult-use retail market signals tremendous job growth in the state. Massachusetts brought in $404 million in sales in 2019, a considerable increase from its $156 million revenue in 2018.

Industry experts believe Massachusetts could top $700 million in sales in 2020. Last year, the state supported a total of 13,255 full-time cannabis jobs.

Job applicants can find budtending positions in medical and recreational pot shops. Budtender jobs can be found in cities like Ayer, Boston, Worcester, Sheffield, Westfield, and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

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If you want the best possible job experience, check out these great Massachusetts dispensaries:

  • NETA
  • Cultivate
  • Northeast Alternatives
  • INSA
  • Sanctuary
  • Theory Wellness
  • Patriot Care
  • Berkshire Roots

Budtender Training Massachusetts

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Enroll in Massachusetts cannabis college to get your foot in the door of a rewarding industry. Budtender certification gives you a leg-up over job candidates with similar experience but without cannabis training.

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