Weed busi­ness is a draw for many

Truro Herbal Com­pany’s job fair shows there’s lots of in­ter­est

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY FRAM DINSHAW

Com­pe­ti­tion is stiff for those hop­ing to find a ca­reer in the pot pro­duc­tion busi­ness.

That was ev­i­dent at a re­cent job fair, hosted by Truro Herbal Com­pany at the Best West­ern Glen­garry where 300 ap­pli­cants had al­ready dropped off re­sumes by noon on Satur­day.

Chy­loe Gal­lant of Hal­i­fax, a car­pen­ter and man­u­fac­tur­ing en­gi­neer by trade, grad­u­ated from Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege in 2007.

“I’m me­chan­i­cally in­clined. I find that trans­fers re­ally well to any job that I’ve ended up hav­ing, with that knowl­edge,” said Gal­lant.

“I work mainly as a fin­ish car­pen­ter, I take great care to at­ten­tion to de­tail and qual­ity as­sur­ance for my work and that’s prob­a­bly where I would have the best op­por­tu­nity to show­case those skills.”

Truro Herbal Com­pany was founded four years ago in Truro and de­scribes it­self as a li­cence-ready pro­ducer of both med­i­cal and recre­ational mar­i­juana.

Truro Herbal has al­ready built a 20,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity in the Truro Busi­ness Park that can pro­duce three mil­lion grams of le­gal weed per year.

The com­pany will need up to 50 full-time em­ploy­ees to reach its aim of full-ca­pac­ity weed cul­ti­va­tion by next spring.

Jobs are avail­able in grow­ing, pro­duc­tion, main­te­nance, ship­ping/re­ceiv­ing, sales, cus­tomer ser­vice, ad­min­is­tra­tion, se­cu­rity, qual­ity con­trol, hu­man re­sources, IT and fi­nance.

Jobs re­quir­ing skilled trades ex­pe­ri­ence will also be avail­able, as well as in­tern­ships and stu­dent roles.

Com­pany ex­ec­u­tives ex­pected to see as many as 500 hope­fuls come through the door by end of day.

Shel­ley Jones of Westville was among those drop­ping off re­sumes.

“I’m look­ing for work in the new and up­com­ing fu­ture of Canada and I hope to have a big part in that if I can,” said Jones.

Gal­lant’s in­tro­duc­tion to mar­i­juana came af­ter she suf­fered a work­place fall just af­ter fin­ish­ing col­lege, leav­ing her with se­vere back, neck and hip in­juries.

A med­i­cal mar­i­juana pre­scrip­tion fi­nally re­lieved the chronic pain she suf­fered, al­low­ing her to re­turn to work and try her luck with the le­gal cannabis in­dus­try.

“A le­gal job within the cannabis in­dus­try would be a dream come true. Es­pe­cially one where I could re­main in the prov­ince and de­velop our in­dus­try for our own prov­ince,” wrote Gal­lant in her cover let­ter to Truro Herbal.

One man from East Hants, sport­ing dread­locks and loose jeans, voiced fears about be­ing able to cross the Amer­i­can bor­der if he took a job with Truro Herbal.

Nine Amer­i­can states have le­gal­ized recre­ational mar­i­juana, but the drug re­mains il­le­gal at the fed­eral level and the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion has taken a hard line on its use.

Cana­di­ans work­ing for le­gal mar­i­juana com­pa­nies may face more in­tense ques­tion­ing and scru­tiny at the bor­der and risk be­ing per­ma­nently banned from en­ter­ing the United States.

THC vice- pres­i­dent Sandy Schem­bri said fed­eral agen­cies had to work out bor­der is­sues.

“In­ter­nally, we have to sup­port our em­ploy­ees do­ing any of that busi­ness. We’re small enough at this point that we haven’t had to do a lot of in­ter­na­tional ex­changes,” said Schem­bri.

“It’s a new world and I feel like the bor­der is­sues hope­fully won’t be long run and maybe it’s just a short- term re­sponse to the new changes.”

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Hal­i­fax res­i­dent Chy­loe Gal­lant, right, was one of sev­eral hun­dred hope­ful job ap­pli­cants who handed in re­sumes to the Truro Herbal Com­pany, dur­ing their re­cruit­ment fair at the Best West­ern Glen­garry. Here, she speaks with Sandy Schem­bri, vice pres­i­dent of strate­gic ini­tia­tives for Truro Herbal.

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