Jack Knox: Weeding out candidates for Cannabis Operations – Times Colonist

News item: The provincial government has posted a raft of cannabis-related job openings at the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, which will not only run stand-alone retail stores but become the province’s sole wholesaler of recreational marijuana when it becomes legal this summer.

“Uh, I’m here about the job.” “Welcome to the Liquor Distribution Branch, Mr …”

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“Let’s say Smith.”

“OK, Mr. Smith, which job were you looking at?”

“The one dealing weed.”

“You’ll have to be more specific.”

“The one dealing a lot of weed.”

“Well, we have several positions. Let’s start with Pricing Analyst, Cannabis Operations.”

“What do I need for that?”

“The posting calls for ‘proficiency in working with numbers and the ability to maintain numeric accuracy on a consistent basis.’ ”

“You mean like $25 for an eighth, $1,600 for a pound? I can do that. How much does it pay?”

“It says $42,443.12 to $47,990.48 per annum.”

“Keep going.”

“Well, there’s another position titled Manager Pricing, Cannabis Operations. The job description asks for ‘experience in managing product pricing and providing expert advice and recommendations on pricing.’ Do you have such experience?”

“Will this go to my probation officer?”

“Er, no.”

“Then, hypothetically, let’s say I do. How much does it pay?”

“The salary is $51,587.16 to $58,580.39 a year.”

“Do they take taxes off that?”

“Yes.”

“What else you got?”

“OK, there’s Manager Cannabis Operations. It pays $72,000 to $100,000.”

“What do I need for that?”

“It says ‘experience as a cannabis educator.’ ”

“Like how to carve a bong out of a potato?”

“It also asks for ‘superior collaboration and negotiation skills.’ Do you have superior negotiation skills, Mr. Smith?”

“Ask Joey Four Fingers. He’d give me two thumbs up. If

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