Maine restaurants report losing workers to the cannabis industry

Maine restaurants report losing workers to the cannabis industry

We’ve heard before that the cannabis job market is growing, but here’s a slightly unexpected result of that. The Bangor Daily News reports that in Maine, the cannabis industry is actually taking workers from another popular career path: The restaurant industry. As cannabis legalizes across the country, chefs and other restaurant workers are finding jobs with more wages, less time commitment, and a better chance for growth in cannabis. Whether it’s bartenders turning into budtenders, or chefs making edibles or becoming quality growers, there’s usually more money and more opportunity in cannabis rather than cuisine.

It makes sense — working in the restaurant industry can often be fulfilling, but it usually means long hours and a lot of hard work. But working in the cannabis industry uses many of the same skills (attention to detail and reliability are important whether you’re making edibles or growing an award-winning crop), and there’s many more chances to make your own money at this point, with more flexible hours (or even, shocker, a vacation or two). The Daily News says the movement is currently “a wave, not a flood” — restauranteurs in the area are experiencing a bit of a labor drought, but say the main issues are more cost-related than anything else.

Still, as the cannabis industry grows, it will definitely remain a viable alternative field, especially for chefs who are talented and ready to innovate with cannabis. If anything, the growing cannabis industry might help improve working conditions in the restaurant industry — restaurants who want to keep talented chefs around might have to give them a break once in a while. Once again, legal cannabis might be disrupting traditional industries in exactly the right way.

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