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With pot sales strong, hiring becomes priority

The Nevada Tax Commission approved the temporary regulations allowing the sale of retail pot, clearing the way for legal marijuana sales to begin as early as July 1. (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

On Friday, late morning, the lounge at Lucky’s, on Jones Boulevard, was busy.

About a hundred people were milling about, many wearing ties, all carrying resumes, for a chance to work at The Grove, a dispensary with a location near McCarran and one in Pahrump.

“We're encroaching about an hour now,” Marcus Bratton told me, not that he was upset.

Bratton was excited to have a chance at some of the 30 jobs up for grabs.

“I’m trying to go for budtender,” Bratton told me.

TJ Hoven, The Grove's general manager, told me how she's beefing up staff.

“I’m trying to fill a variety for both of my new stores. We're expanding our hours and trying to get a 24-hour op going very quickly,” said Hoven.

When Nevada said "ok" to recreational pot, part of the sales pitch was the jobs it would bring; 6,000 according to the Nevada Dispensary Association.

It tells me today if Nevada hasn't hit that number yet, it will soon.

For example, the Paiute nation just opened the biggest dispensary in the nation.

More than 70 jobs there, officials tell me.

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There are 58 dispensaries statewide license for both medical and recreational pot.

Recreational sales have been strong: $27 million in July, $33 million in August. Nevada is selling more marijuana than states that legalized before us.

At Las Vegas ReLeaf, which opened first for medical marijuana, recreational has seen business -- and hiring -- boom.

“We probably went from 25 total employees before recreation and we're not getting closer to 100 employees for our three businesses,” says General Manager Lissa Lawatsch.

It's not just staffing dispensaries. It's also cultivation farms, marijuana labs, and production facilities.

All Nevada's new frontier ... and Bratton wants a place in it.

“As I find the correct landing spot, I'm going to be there for a very long time,” Bratton says.

Other job seekers today said they want to join an industry in its infancy.

“Well, my logic behind it is that it’s going to be one of the largest expanding industries out there,” says Grove job seeker Brandon Jones. “It’s like the new cigarette, I guess, and so if you can get in on the ground floor, why wouldn’t you?”

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