Valley Wellness, a recently opened medical dispensary in Raritan, is set to host a job fair and information session on New Jersey’s rapidly growing legalized cannabis industry.
Scheduled for Feb. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Raritan Valley Community College (118 Lamington Road), the free forum is being presented in partnership with Hillview Farms, PremierMD, the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and Minorities for Medical Marijuana.
As part of the event, Valley Wellness will conduct on-site interviews for positions at its dispensary, and Hillview Farms, a Pequannock-based cultivator, will collect resumes for its hiring effort later this spring.
Those interested in scheduling an on-site interview can register here. Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume as walk-ins will also be able to interview if time permits. Along with potential job opportunities, the event will offer attendees “quality information about the medicinal benefits of cannabis,” said Sarah Trent, founder and chief executive officer of Valley Wellness.
“We worked hard this year to get Valley Wellness open this past November. Now, we’re excited to get into the community to provide information, education and employment opportunities to area residents,” said Trent.
Besides being the first medical cannabis dispensary in Somerset County, Valley Wellness is a woman business owned enterprise (WBOE) and one of the state’s few ventures not run by a multistate operator (MSO).
Trent, a cannabis advocate and West Windsor native, is also known for her commitment to promoting responsible use of the product, as well as creating an educated workforce in the budding industry.
In March 2020, she founded NJ Cannabis Certified, a 15-hour educational certificate program taught virtually in conjunction with eight community colleges across the state that is geared toward those interested in working in the industry or wanting to learn more about cannabis.
For those attending the upcoming event, Valley Wellness plans on raffling off two scholarships valued at $500 each to NJ Cannabis Certified, according to Trent.