Stephen Cue showed up Wednesday at the Yolo County Cannabis Coalition’s first job fair with his pearl white Honda Gold Wing motorcycle with sidebags and a trunk.
“I can make more deliveries on that bike than any car can,” said the 64-year-old truck driver who was hoping to make a career change into marijuana delivery.
Cue was one of some 350 attendees at the job fair, along with 20 prospective employers and advocacy groups at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. A day earlier, the Davis City Council had approved a new ordinance to regulate commercial cannabis businesses under Proposition 64, the statewide ballot measure approved last year that legalized recreational use of marijuana.
Eric Gudz, interim executive director of the Yolo County Cannabis Coalition, said he expects to see permitted dispensaries in Davis soon after a moratorium expires next month.
Among those at the job fair who are looking to stake a claim in the industry were some businesses that you might not associate with cannabis.
“Most people don’t think of bookkeeping when they think of a marijuana job fair,” said Meg Gonsalves, the co-owner of Rolling Hills Bookkeeping. The firm received about 60 resumes at the job fair, she said.
Some businesses sought applicants with four-year college degrees or experience in the cannabis industry, but most said the main qualifications they sought were honesty and work ethic.
Cue said that he hoped to earn more money in the marijuana business and that he also saw it as an opportunity to help people.
He had found out about the fair when his wife emailed him a flyer about it as a joke. Since he didn’t have work at the time, he came, gave out his resume and chatted with other attendees.
“I never thought this would happen in Yolo county,” Cue said. “It makes me proud to live in Yolo county.”