You love weed. You hate your 9 to 5. You live in Colorado. . .the answer seems simple, work with the plant! How in the world do you get started though? Relax, Errl is here to help!

Step 1: You need a badge! Now, do you want a key or support badge?

Key Employee: Necessary for employees that make operational or management decisions with significant impact on the business and its operations but do not have an ownership in the business. An example is a master grower that determines what or how much of a particular strain to produce. (Cost $300)

Support Employee: Necessary for employees that work within the business but do not make operational decisions. An example of such an employee would be a budtender at a dispensary; the majority of occupational license holders are in this category. (Cost $150)

(The D.O.R. website states both license types are good for two years from the on which the license badge was issued.)

Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s time for Step 2: Go get a background check. You can do so at one of four offices throughout Colorado – Denver HQ, Colorado Springs, Longmont, or Grand Junction. All except Denver allow for appointments.

Two quick tips – especially for the Denver office. First, BE EARLY. Offices open at 8am, but by 6am there are typically 5-8 people forming a line in the dark. Second, BRING EXACT CHANGE OR A CHECK. The offices do not carry change and do not accept plastic.

After finger prints, photos, and an abundance of small talk, your badge should be complete! You can then expect it in your hands between 5-10 business days.

Just like grade school or the tax office, make sure you double check your paperwork! You should consult the Medical Marijuana Occupational Licensing office if you have prior convictions, a shady background, or pending legal issues. Finally, network network network! Chat with those in the industry, be professional, and enjoy your new job in the cannabis industry!