Top California Cannabis Cultivator Expands Veterans Internship Program, Offering ‘Boot Camp’ Experience to Succeed in Multibillion-Dollar Emerging Sector

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THC Design Launches 12-Week Cannabis Cultivation Internship Program to Teach Veterans Advanced Cultivation Skills and Groom New Talent for Company and Industry

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — THC Design, the leading breeder and cultivator of premium, safe, estate-grown cannabis in California, announced the company will expand its paid internship program for veterans it launched earlier this summer. The program includes a 12-week advanced cannabis cultivation course with the curriculum overseen by THC Design Co-founder Ryan Jennemann, master growers, breeders, trimmers, engineers and others at the company’s environmentally friendly, self-sustaining facilities in California.

“Veterans already have the top training in the world, but in order to be successful in this industry, we realized they needed hands-on experience with the plants,” said THC Design Co-founder Ryan Jennemann. “Our internship program gives veterans an opportunity to work directly with the ‘ladies’ (female plants) in state-of-the-art facilities and experience how sustainable cultivation facilities with the latest innovative, best practices operate from seed-to-sale. This isn’t just observing though. It’s a cannabis cultivation boot camp designed to ensure these military men and women have the best training they need to succeed as cultivators in the cannabis industry.”

THC Design’s Veterans Internship Program is specifically designed to teach veterans advanced cannabis cultivations skills. During their internship at THC Design’s facilities, interns will be paid to work alongside seasoned cultivators, management, engineers, breeders, operations, trimmers, and others learning:

-The entire growth cycle of different varieties of cannabis plants;
-Research-based approaches to sustainable farming and the seed-to-sale process;
-The latest in advanced cultivation practices;
-Organic bug, pest and mold control methods;
-Water reclamation processes and energy-efficient systems;
-The strictest organic agriculture guidelines (Oregon Organic Tilth);
-Cultivating, trimming and harvesting best practices; and
-How to prepare plants for packaging and distribution.

Effective immediately, THC Design will begin accepting applications for its second veterans internship class. The program will expand from an inaugural class of two on-the-spot full-time hires and four interns to a class of an estimated eight interns, who will begin the program in January 2018. Candidates, who have been accepted into the THC Design Veterans Internship Program, will be notified before Veteran’s Day 2017 (November 11, 2017). The newly selected interns will help meet the cannabis industry’s need for more experienced talent to fill living-wage job openings, which pay on average more than $20/hour or about 300 percent above the national minimum wage.

Last year, $56 billion was spent on cannabis in North America, according to ArcView Market Research. In California alone, the new industry has a projected value of $7 billion, and Los Angeles’ medical cannabis market alone is already generating roughly $1 billion, which comfortably outperforms Colorado’s entire market. California, and its cities, could eventually harvest $1 billion in taxes each year. In 2015, illicit cannabis sales made up 90 percent of revenue for the cannabis industry, and in California, it was estimated to be 71 percent. However, with new Golden State’s medical and adult-use regulations kicking in January 2018 the number of unknown illicit entities is expected to continue to drop as more cannabis businesses feel safe coming out of the shadows, strive to be fairly taxed, licensed, regulated and enforced upon, and are able to secure local authority and state licensing and become state-legal.

Jennemann stated: “Veterans are an amazing untapped talent pool, so in addition to giving back to those who have done so much for us, our internship program also makes great business sense. We’ve already hired two veterans as a result of our program. At the end of the day, cultivation is farming and farming is hard work. Veterans are some of the hardest workers out there. This is a win-win for veterans, our company, the industry—everyone.”

In addition to its Veterans Internship Program and veterans issues, THC Design remains committed to ensuring veterans can obtain access to alternative and responsible pain management treatments. Currently, there are about 2.7 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and at least 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or depression. Additionally, every day, approximately 22 veterans commit suicide, which account for 19 percent of all suicides across the country, yet veterans only make up less than 9 percent of the US population. Cannabis has been known to help battle depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even addictions to alcohol and painkillers according to Medical cannabis and mental health: A guided systematic review, but still yet the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Congress have continually denied veterans access to medical cannabis.

Interested veterans should contact THC Design Community Liaison Ophelia Chong at ophelia@thcdesign.com for more information.

For more information, please visit http://thcdesign.com, follow THC Design on Twitter at @_THCDesign or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thcdesign/.

About THC Design
THC Design aims to set the standard for advanced cultivation practices and techniques by creating a self-sustainable operation via renewable energy resources. By partnering with leading scientists in various fields, THC Design hopes to break new ground in the cannabis industry and be a contributing voice in its advocacy and legalization. You can find more information at www.THCDesign.com

Media Contact:
Ellen Mellody
570-209-2947
ellen@powerplantstrategies.com

Ryan Jennemann, Co-Founder of THC Design
Ryan Jennemann is the Co-Founder of THC Design, who has been an ardent advocate for safe and quality cannabis for most of his life. Raised in Oklahoma during a time of cannabis prohibition, Ryan witnessed his father suffer from chronic migraines. Experiencing bad side effects from the synthetic drugs prescribed, Ryan’s parents believed they were extremely dangerous and were strongly against synthetic drugs for their children. With little to no access to safe cannabis, Ryan’s father was forced to continue managing his pain with prescription drugs which ultimately lead to his death at the age of 47. Determined to prevent other families from suffering through similar tragedies, Ryan moved to California to be a part of the medicinal cannabis movement.

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