US (NY): Looking for a job in the cannabis industry? Don't say cannabis

In some ways, applying for a job in cannabis is like applying for a job in any other industry. In other ways, it's like nothing any job seeker has ever done before.

That's because the industry is brand new in the state, and, though it is legal in New York, cannabis is still federally prohibited. That brings a host of complications and pitfalls and has companies walking a legal tightrope that makes for some important distinctions job seekers should be aware of.

With cannabis still illegal by federal standards, it leaves even state-sanctioned cannabis businesses operating in a legal grey area that other companies don't want to touch. That puts them in danger of losing their insurance, bank account, and even their websites and payment processing systems.

A business using the term cannabis anywhere in its correspondence, name, or online presence puts it at risk. That's why cannabis businesses will not usually use the words cannabis, marijuana, pot, or weed in their job postings. 

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