Do you want to learn how to become a budtender in Nevada?
Our in-depth blog post covers a budtender’s responsibilities, qualifications, and salary in the state of Nevada.
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What are the Marijuana Laws in Nevada?
If you want to get hired in the cannabis industry, staying on top of the latest state and local regulations is important.
In Nevada, medical cannabis use was legalized in 1998 and again in 2000, but commercial operations weren’t approved until 2013. Recreational use laws went into effect at the start of 2017.
Medical – up to 2.5 ounces within a 14-day period
Recreational – up to one ounce of flower or up to one-eighth of an ounce of concentrate at one time
*A 10 percent excise tax does not apply to medical marijuana sales
How to Get a Marijuana Agent Registration Card
If you’re over 21 years of age and want to start working in Nevada’s cannabis market, you’ll first need to obtain a Marijuana Agent Registration Card. Every employee in the marijuana industry can apply through the Nevada Department of Taxation’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.
To complete the application, you must provide your basic personal and contact information and choose between job categories: cultivation, dispensary, production, distributor, and laboratory. To work as a budtender, choose the dispensary agent registration card category.
The application includes an attestation form that indicates you haven’t been convicted of an excluded felony, have had an agent card revoked, and committed other excluded violations.
The application’s dispense/divert pledge form indicates you will not give cannabis products to unauthorized individuals based on state regulations.
The application also requires you to sign a fingerprint background waiver. You must visit a state-approved fingerprinting office in Nevada to undergo a background check.
On the application, you must indicate if you’ll be working for a medical dispensary, recreational dispensary, or both. If you will be working in a medical and recreational dispensary, you’ll be applying for the dual license establishment option (requires two fingerprint records).
Include a copy of your passport photo, government-issued identification, and signature to complete your registration application.
Registration fee: $75 for new and renewal cards
Dispensary agent registration cards must be renewed annually.
Payment options include check, money order, or cashier’s check payable to the Department of Taxation. Mail your application and/or payment with your application information (name on the application, application type, and date applied) to:
Department of Taxation
Attn: Agent Registration
1550 College Parkway Suite 115
Carson City, NV 89706
What Does a Budtender Do?
Budtenders in Nevada must be friendly, outgoing, reliable, and knowledgeable about cannabis. Budtenders welcome guests, answer questions, assist individuals in choosing products, and complete the transaction at the register using a point of sale (POS) system.
Budtenders must possess outstanding customer service, communication, and teamwork skills. Budtender must ensure the customers are of legal age, the store is cleaned, and all state and local rules are being followed.
Budtending positions in Nevada may require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED. Prior experience with cannabis and cannabis products is preferred. Cash handling experience is required. Cannabis certification can improve your chances of getting hired.
Budtending Jobs in Nevada
Currently, Nevada has 65 dispensaries in operation, many of which are located in Las Vegas. Nevada has a strong user base and also boasts a thriving tourism market with tens of millions of visitors coming in every year.
The availability of budtending positions depends on the dispensary and their need for new employees. Nevada is full of great dispensaries, but some of the best to work at include:
- The Source
- The Grove
- The Apothecarium
- Euphoria Wellness
- The Apothecary Shoppe
Budtending careers are an excellent entry-level job if you’re interested in advancing in the field. Outstanding work performance can be rewarded with lead budtending, assistant manager, and dispensary manager positions over time.
Budtender Salary in Nevada
Budtender salaries vary based on location and experience. Budtenders can earn anywhere between $10.50-$13 an hour. Full-time budtenders may receive health, vision, and dental insurance coverage. Budtenders also enjoy store discounts and tips.
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