SU hosts medical marijuana job fair

Job fair held for medical marijuana program at Southern University

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Many people got the chance Monday, Oct. 21 to apply for a job in the medical marijuana industry.

A job fair was held at Southern’s Ag Center for Ilera Holistic Healthcare. The fair was held to fill just nine jobs, but many people attended nonetheless. The company also took applications for other upcoming positions.

“I’ve been taking research in this and the other states as they become medical and recreational, hoping the day comes Louisiana breaks free and we do that,” said Christ Hamilton, who attended the job fair.

Nine pharmacies across the state can sell medical marijuana, and more than 120 doctors have signed on to issue orders for the product.

“If you have the medicine in its flower form, there are leaves that come out of it because it’s natural medicine,” Dr. Macias, CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare, explained. “You need to be able to trim out the leaves so you can have the true form of the medicine.”

Medical marijuana job fair scheduled for Oct. 21

It’s common for employers to drug test new hires; Dr. Macias says that’s not the case for their employees.

“So jokingly, that is funny, but we do not test you for THC and CBD because we truly know the medicinal benefits of the medicine. In fact, we encourage patients to really consider using that as a treatment option.”

Dr. Macias says the job fair was a chance to shed some positive light on a growing industry that seems to always get the cold shoulder.

“People are very hesitant to try this as a disability solution. Unfortunately, they wait until it’s the last option, where truly it should be one of the first options to help them in the true path of recovery,” she said.

The first shipments of legal medical marijuana became available to approved Louisiana pharmacies Aug. 6.

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