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Cannabis Smoking Guide - Employment
Are you in Fear of Losing your Job because of Cannabis?
The Cannabis Employment Dilemma
Welcome back to another edition of the Cannabis Smoker's Guide! I know I haven't been very active in creating new hubs lately but this is about to change. I have been working with a lot of big Cannabis brands and finally have time to work on this again.
Cannabis Consumer Discrimination
While the public perception of cannabis is changing rapidly, the corporate policies are still in tact. What this means is that if you fail a drug test, you can get fired!
It doesn't matter whether you have never been high at work, or whether you are the best performing worker, if you get caught with cannabis in your system, you could be terminated. Cannabis stays in your system for up to 90 days meaning that even if you smoked a week ago, you could still test positive during a drug test.
Is this fair? Of course not! It's absolutely atrocious. If you get fired for failing a drug test the company, in many cases, are not responsible for unemployment and can get new "inexperienced workers" which translates into "spending less" for the corporation.
What are your options?
The first obvious option you have is to quit smoking cannabis. But let's get real, it should have to come down to that. You shouldn't have to change your habits to keep a job, especially if these habits have no impact on your work.
The second option you have is to get Body Cleaners but to be honest I have never used these so I won't be of much use to you. Some people claim it works while others say it's a sham. Nonetheless, if you are desperate and need to have that extra boost of confidence, get your hands on those and pray to the ganja gods for mercy.
Thirdly you could do the classic "ask for someone's pee" which has a world of complications to it. Firstly, you need to remember that pee is warm, so the pee you will be using needs to be warm. Secondly, many times you get monitored to see if you will cheat, so it can get complicated.
The fourth choice, and this is my favorite....quit your job and go solo or work for the Cannabis industry!
When it's time to Go Jobless!
These days, Going Jobless is a viable option. By jobless I mean you create your own wealth through independent means. Whether you want to make a Home Based business or venture into an idea like Network Marketing, there is money to be made by those who have the discipline to be the "Masters of their Own Time"
Jobless Option 1: Home Based Business/Service
Depending on the laws in your area, starting your own home based business might not be a bad idea. I used to teach English and Guitar to people for more than $25/hour. It takes time to build up a client base, but if you persist long enough you can create enough clients to provide a comfortable income for you. Any skill or knowledge you posses can be monetized, you simply need to organize it and polish it so that someone will be willing to pay for it.
In my own experience with English, I simply approach companies that needed English classes. I lived in Mexico at the time so there were plenty of places I could visit. I also placed flyers within my immediate area and attracted students that passed by.
But don't get stuck on the idea of services, some people make baked goods, grow fresh vegetable, repair things, recycle and much more.
This about what skills and abilities you have that you can do better than most. Then see whether there is a demand for that particular skill in your area.
Jobless Option 2: Online Freelancing
You'd be surprised on how the online market has evolved. People can literally sell any office skill online and make a very good living. This was my preferred method to "Go Jobless". If you have access to a computer and the Internet you can make money literally from anywhere in the world.
You can even create an online bank account if you don't want to use your own banking info. Check out sites such as Skrill and Payoneer and even Paypal will do the trick. These are FREE to sign up to and only has an activation fee for the debit card they send you. It's something like $10 USD but after that you can receive and send money from anywhere in the world. It helped me when I was down and out and had to build myself up from nothing.
In terms of Freelancing sites you can check out
- Freelancer.com - A massive online Freelancing website. This was my first stab at freelancing and while not my favorite of the bunch, there is a lot of opportunity to make money on this site. Here I worked with independent film directors and created some pretty cool content. I made a few thousand dollars on this site.
- PeoplePerHour.com - This site is British and on this site I make a killing. I do everything from write scripts to blogs and get paid in Great British Pounds. You get to post services and people can buy them. Great site!
- oDesk.com - Another site that is absolutely gorgeous. With this site I personally generated thousands of dollars and continue to receive clients and new jobs daily. I managed to expand my services and created a content agency through this site. Real awesome!
Jobless Option 3 - Affiliate Marketing and Blogging
While this takes some time to get under control, affiliate marketing and blogging can generate a decent revenue stream. You can literally blog about anything and if you know how to monetize it you can start generating passive income. You can even use sites such as Freelancer and similar ones to outsource your content work and manage multiple blogs/affiliate stores simultaneously.
Working for the 420 Industry
One more option the Cannabis Smoker have for Employment is to go to 420 Friendly businesses. There are a wide range of businesses that don't care if you smoke cannabis or not. If you live in a Legal Marijuana State here is what you could do:
- Become a Grower
- Become a Trimmer
- Delivery Person
- Work in a Headshop
This is just a short list from the top of my head. You can also check out these sites for more info:
Obviously in "non legal marijuana" states you'll have to lean more to working in Headshops, Music Shops and so forth. However this might not appeal to everyone.
Cannabis Workforce Poll
Would you quit your job if you could get work in the Cannabis industry?
Online Resource to Help
While getting into the Cannabis industry isn't too difficult, currently there is a lot of competition since as you can imagine, everybody wants to work in the Pot Business.
For those of you who can't work in the marijuana industry mainly because you live in a Prohibition state I have recently written a book entitled "The Jobless Guide to Money Making" which deals precisely with how you can turn your skills into cash and begin to work for yourself.
I am lucky that I actually work within the Cannabis Industry as well as for myself. I work with plenty of major cannabis brands including Marijuana Doctors and other brands I unfortunately can't mention. Let's say they get together in Denver for one of the BIGGEST 420 Tradeshows in the world. This happens during the "Cannabis Cup" **hint hint**.
Anyhow, I believe you should not have to fear getting terminated over your cannabis use. I believe that you should have the right to make your own way and thus with the book I wrote, my hopes is to provide the avenue for independent workers of all ages to step up and take their revenue into their own hands.
If you do a good job, if you are dilligent, your consumption habits shouldn't be grounds for termination. Sure, I'm not saying to show up at the office with a three foot bong and eyes as red as the devil's penis...but I am saying that if you smoke responsibly you shouldn't have to choose between your Freedom of consumption and your employment.
I hope that this Hub provided you with some insight and ideas on what you can do if you have either:
- Been Fired Recently
- Can't find a Job because of Cannabis in your system
- Just don't want to work for the "Man" anymore
In addition to this I give you a link directly to my book on Amazon. I kept it cheap since I know that people who don't have a job usually don't have extra money to spend, but in this case...think of it as an investment opportunity to creating your own employment.
If the Man's got you down...GO JOBLESS!