Aspiring budtenders seek training to run medical marijuana dispensaries

(ChicagoTribune) A thick line of people formed inside a DoubleTree hotel Saturday afternoon, all of them waiting to learn if they had earned the distinction of certified budtender, one of many titles for a person who works behind the counter at a medicinal marijuana dispensary.

Hemp Staff, a Florida-based company that aims to educate, certify and assist job seekers in the medical marijuana industry, hosted two sold-out budtender training and certification sessions Saturday morning and afternoon at the hotel in Rosemont…

At the end of each 31/2-hour Hemp Staff session, students are required to take a 20-question test and pass with at least 75 percent to receive the company’s budtender certification, said Rosie’s husband, James Yagielo, CEO and founder of Hemp Staff, in an email.

The aim of these sessions, Rosie Yagielo said, is to make participants “product specialists” and “interview ready” for a budtending position at a dispensary.

But some employers in the industry are looking for more than what companies like Hemp Staff have to offer.

Joseph Friedman, who received a license from the state to open a dispensary in Lake County, said he wants to create a pharmacy model for the dispensary business in Illinois.

"We’ll only employ people that have pharmacist-in-charge experience, so someone who has run a pharmacy," he said.

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