Missouri's dispensaries defy staff shortage seen in other industries – KSDK.com

Dispensaries have received thousands of applications as restaurant owners struggle for staff

ST. LOUIS — The new staff of Kind Goods fills the Fenton dispensary nine days before their May 14 opening for a final training session, most of them learning the nuances of the medical marijuana industry for the first time.

“I had zero expectations of finding somebody with a cannabis background just because we don’t have anything in Missouri,” Kind Goods‘ Jess Hutton said.

Hutton said they had 953 people apply for about a dozen positions, numbers that would make hiring managers in other industries jealous. Bar and restaurant owners have reported staffing shortages for months, and one longtime Crestwood restaurant recently closed its doors for good because the owners couldn’t continue to work the long hours required.

“I posted an opening and literally within minutes my inbox was dinging out of control,” she said.

Because this is a new industry, Hutton looked for experience in comparable fields, some of the same industries that now report they can’t find enough staff.

“Candidates that we’re looking for are people that have been in a lot of retail, restaurant,

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