/PRNewswire/ — Seed & Smith, Colorado’s leading cultivator, concentrate manufacturer and dispensary dedicated to producing high-quality cannabis, today… Seed & Smith, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Colorado, has rolled out a new internship program that prepares candidates for a career in the regulated marijuana industry.
Seed & Smith Announces 1 Gram Dart Collaboration with Big Gigantic
DENVER , Sept. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Seed & Smith, Colorado’s leading cultivator, concentrate manufacturer and dispensary dedicated to producing high-quality cannabis, today announced a collaboration with Boulder-based instrumental electronic, jam band, hip hop, and jazz musical duo Big Gigantic. Per the collaboration, Seed & Smith is launching two limited-edition strains hand-selected by Big Gigantic and available in 1 gram live resin Dart pods that will be released in Seed & Smith dispensaries on September 18 . All of the proceeds will be donated to the band’s 501c(3) non-profit organization, A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation.
Seed & Smith today announced a collaboration with Boulder-based instrumental electronic, jam band, hip hop, and jazz musical duo Big Gigantic. Per the collaboration, Seed & Smith is launching two limited-edition strains hand-selected by Big Gigantic and available in 1 gram live resin Dart pods that will be released in Seed & Smith dispensaries on September 18. All of the proceeds will be donated to the band’s 501c(3) non-profit organization, A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation.
To support the launch, Big Gigantic will be celebrating in-store at Seed & Smith’s newly opened Louisville flagship location at 1413 Hecla Way in Louisville, Colorado . From 1:00-3:00pm on September 18 , the duo will be available to meet fans and autograph all purchased Dart vaporizer pens as well as raffle off two VIP passes to their show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on September 24 . The limited-edition strains chosen by Big Gigantic include Gigantic Purple Lemons and Big Orange Creamsicle:
- Gigantic Purple Lemons: A bright, citrusy indica-leaning hybrid with deep red grape notes on the back end made from a cross of Purple Punch and Golden Lemons . Relaxing yet stimulating, it’s perfect as an after-dinner palate cleanser.
- Big Orange Dream: Made by crossing Orange Crush with Juicy Fruit, this sativa-dominant hybrid produces happy and uplifting, laugh-out-loud effects that help clear the mind.
Big Gigantic founded A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation in 2016 to create positive change in the local Colorado communities through music and art education. Through the initiative, the team has collected thousands of pounds of food, logged hundreds of volunteer hours and produced dozens of volunteer events across the U.S. to date. The foundation partners with a different non-profit organization every year to which a majority of the funds raised are donated for a yearly impact project.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with such renowned and local artists as Big Gigantic to support their non-profit foundation that directly benefits our local communities here in Colorado ,” said Brooks Lustig , COO of Seed & Smith. “We’re big fans of the talented duo and look forward to welcoming them to our new space alongside our enthusiastic customers. We hope they enjoy the special limited-edition strains as much as we do.”
“We’re excited to bring consumers and our fans these tasty, fruity flavors from Seed & Smith that will go perfectly with our funky, euphoric sound,” said Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. “Seed & Smith’s entire operation feels very carefully constructed and their attention to detail leads to making a great, very high quality product. From our perspective, Seed & Smith has the market on vaporizers and pods. It’s great to see a local Denver cannabis company grow and we’re excited to see their new store in Louisville .”
Originally released in 2019, the Seed & Smith Dart is the first pod system using CCELL technology to ensure a premium, flavorful and discreet consumer experience. Sleek and affordable, the Dart works exclusively with Seed & Smith’s high potency Dart cartridges that magnetically connect to the vape for a user-friendly device.
Seed & Smith’s flagship Louisville dispensary opened on August 28, 2021 , featuring a new look for the brand and providing a contemporary retail experience. The front section of the store offers an approachable, lifestyle-focused experience with non-cannabis goods including apparel, coffee table books, high-end smoking accessories and more. The dispensary, located in the back of the store, sells flower, concentrates, infused pre-rolls and edibles.
To learn more about Seed & Smith cannabis and dispensaries, please visit seedandsmith.com or follow us @seedandsmith. To donate to the #ABigGiganticDifference Foundation, please visit www.biggigantic.net/a-big-g-difference.
ABOUT SEED & SMITH
Launched in 2014 and located in Denver, Colorado , Seed & Smith is a cannabis cultivator, concentrate manufacturer and dispensary dedicated to perfecting the craft of producing high-quality cannabis while advancing the industry as a whole. With customizable professionally packaged wholesale cannabis, concentrate and flower products, Seed & Smith meticulously monitors each step of the growing process and produces the most sought-after top shelf product in all dispensaries. The company currently operates across two locations: its original Denver store that opened in 2016 and the new Louisville flagship location that opened in August 2021 .
Seed & Smith advocates for a culture of transparency in the cannabis industry by offering tours of its grow operation, extraction lab and packaging facilities. Seed & Smith continues to stay true to its roots: creating exceptional cannabis and demonstrating their passion and process for doing so.
Seed & Smith Internships Offer Pathway to Cannabis Industry Jobs
Seed & Smith, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Colorado, has rolled out a new internship program that prepares candidates for a career in the regulated marijuana industry.
With cannabis legalization efforts continuing to succeed across the United States, the need for skilled workers in the legal weed industry continues to grow. In a recent jobs report, Leafly and Whitney Economics projected that when weed is legalized nationwide, the regulated cannabis industry could support as many as 1.75 million jobs across the country.
The report reveals that the cannabis industry currently supports 428,059 full-time equivalent jobs in the United States. Last year marked the first year that job creation in the cannabis industry exceeded 100,000 new positions. After adding 32,700 jobs in 2019 and 77,300 more in 2020, the industry added another 107,059 new positions last year.
“To put that in perspective, America’s entire financial sector added 145,000 jobs last year,” wrote the authors of the report. “The construction industry, coast to coast, added 165,000 jobs.”
Getting a Foot in the Door
But landing a job in the cannabis industry, particularly in the sector’s highest-paying positions, can seem out of reach to a lot of people. The age-old Catch-22 of needing experience to get a job while needing a job to get experience has befuddled many a job-seeker. To address the issue, Colorado vertically integrated cannabis firm Seed & Smith launched a new paid internship program this year and saw the graduation of its first candidate last month. The company is currently recruiting candidates for the next cohort of interns, with classes beginning in autumn.
Robbie Wroblewski, the marketing director at Seed & Smith, says that the company’s internship program provides a way for candidates to earn an income while they gain knowledge and experience in one of the varied employment positions in the industry.
“The goal of the program is to help candidates from each involved department (Cultivation, Extraction, Sales, Logistics and Marketing) achieve a knowledge base that prepares them for roles that are beyond entry-level positions with having little to no previous experience in cannabis,” Wroblewski explained in an email to High Times.
Seed & Smith is currently recruiting for its next intern class, which will be getting to work in September or October. Wroblewski says that the company primarily recruits at college campuses, but all interested in a career in the cannabis industry are invited to apply. Interns who are students may have the option to enroll in work-study programs and continue their professional and academic careers at the same time.
“The program is three months long and each position is paid,” said Wroblewski. “Each candidate is different but we work with colleges to ensure that college credit can be obtained for the internship as well.”
He adds that each department at Seed & Smith has developed its own curriculum for the interns, who spend time learning many aspects of the job and how they fit into the department and the cannabis industry in general.
First Intern Celebrating Graduation
Talia Sanchez-Hernandez completed her internship with Seed & Smith last month, making her the first graduate of the program. After working a couple of entry-level positions in cannabis retail and cultivation, she was ready to gain new skills and learn about other aspects of the industry. When she came to Seed & Smith to apply for a job and was told about the new internship program, she jumped at the chance for her to advance her career.
“Getting hands-on experience was one of the main things that I try to strive for working in this industry,” Sanchez-Hernandez explains in a virtual interview.
“I found Seed & Smith and they had their internship, and it just kind of really screamed at me. I’ve always wanted to do an internship,” she continues. “I actually went to school for psychology, and one of my big things was holistic medicine. Those were two things that went hand-in-hand with me.”
Sanchez-Hernandez’s internship was in the extraction track. During her studies, she learned several different methods to manufacture cannabis concentrates, including hydrocarbon extraction and distillation. The program also covered other steps in the manufacturing process such as homogenization, decarboxylation, filtration and purging, as well as best practices for smooth and safe operation of the lab.
“It’s a lot when you first see it, but everybody I worked with was really, really helpful. Everybody’s always willing to go out of the way if you need something,” says Sanchez-Hernandez. “It’s really cool. And just being here, I learned so much more in the lab, science-wise, just being hands-on.”
She adds that she has been keen to pick up new knowledge and skills in all of the positions in the cannabis industry she has held in her short career. But the focus on her professional development during her internship with Seed & Smith has been an experience like no other.
Now that she has graduated from the program, Sanchez-Hernandez is ready for her next adventure in Colorado’s regulated cannabis industry. And her success in the internship program has made it so she doesn’t have to look far.
“Talia is our first graduate and we have decided to keep her on the Seed & Smith team,” Wroblewski reports. “Given her knowledge and capabilities, we were able to place her in a mid-level management position.”
More information on Seed & Smith’s cannabis internship program is available by emailing the company’s human resources department at [email protected]