Need To Rent or Get Employed In Hashish? – Interview with Karson Humiston Founder & CEO of Vangst


“I had a ardour for cannabis after seeing the constructive results it had on myself and family members. I hadn’t used cannabis in over a decade, however after years of tension points and struggling practically 20 panic assaults per day, and having a number of surgical operations because of the havoc attributable to these panic assaults, I made a decision to start out utilizing each CBD and THC merchandise and noticed quick enchancment.” – Corey Mangold



What’s Vangst and the way does it assist individuals seeking to work within the cannabis trade?

Karson: Vangst is the cannabis trade’s main hiring platform. We’re on a mission to construct the cannabis trade via individuals and since launching in 2016, we’ve efficiently linked hundreds of individuals with jobs at main cannabis companies across the US & Canada.

Along with our powerhouse crew with many years of recruiting expertise, our know-how platform, Vangst GIGS, makes it simple for cannabis companies to attach with on-demand expertise. Vangst is headquartered in Denver, CO with places of work in Santa Monica, CA & Oakland, CA.

We’ve got raised capital from main tech and cannabis buyers, together with Lerer Hippeau and Casa Verde Capital.

From Left to Proper: Will Zins, Jordan Smith, Karson Humiston (founder), Jenna Myers, Max Eire

Karson, how did you go about founding Vangst? What peaked your curiosity within the cannabis trade?

Karson: Once I was a senior I despatched an electronic mail to my community of scholars and up to date faculty graduates asking them which industries they had been concerned with working in. Over 70% responded saying the cannabis trade.

I didn’t know something concerning the cannabis trade however this intrigued me so I took every week off of faculty to go to a cannabis commerce present to study extra concerning the trade.

I came upon just a few issues: the cannabis trade was about to take off, there have been tons of jobs, and cannabis companies had a tough time hiring. I began Gradujuana (now Vangst) whereas I used to be nonetheless in faculty and haven’t regarded again since!


Verify Out Hashish Employers HERE

You lately launched an trade report about ladies working within the cannabis trade. Are you able to inform us a bit concerning the goal of this report and its findings?

Karson: At Research after research has proven that the best performing groups are these which are various and I’ve been extremely impressed by all the superb ladies paving the way in which for the way forward for cannabis.

The aim of the Girls in Hashish report was to find out the variety of female-identifying people employed within the cannabis trade. We surveyed 116 cannabis firms all through the nation to get a better have a look at hiring practices and jobs held by female-identifying people.

At Vangst, we’re setting an instance for the trade with 54% of our crew being female-identifying people and 63% of our administration crew being female-identifying people.

The outcomes of the research confirmed that of the 116 cannabis firms we surveyed, 38.5% of staff are female-identifying people. As an entire, the trade is extra inclusive to female-identifying people than most different industries.

Nevertheless, it additionally confirmed that we nonetheless have an extended strategy to go so as to grow to be the actually inclusive trade we’re destined to be. For instance, the most important firm we surveyed employs 500 individuals, however solely 10% of them determine as feminine. Merely put – we are able to do higher.

Extra Vangst studies coming quickly!

See Full Vangst 2018 Wage Report HERE

A current article acknowledged that Vangst is in talks with town of Oakland for involvement of their cannabis fairness program. Are you able to inform us a bit about this and what else Vangst is doing on the social fairness entrance?

Karson: Vangst is at the moment working and discussing a number of methods to help different normal companies with their hiring necessities of social fairness employees and native Oakland residents.


What else has Vangst completed on the social fairness entrance?

Karson: We’ve sponsored and arranged the 2nd Annual Hashish Fairness Summit + Expo in Oakland on April 26 –

We’ve additionally coordinated with Make Inexperienced Go and their non-profit arm The Allyance (public/personal partnerships that assist help fairness operators and workforce) within the following methods: at the moment making a survey to determine hiring traits and maturity of fairness licensees since attending Make Inexperienced Go’s boot camp lessons, workshop, and many others


Thanks for sharing Vangst with us Karson!

Corey: Thanks for letting us discuss Vangst in your platform!

Karson Humiston – Founder & CEO of Vangst



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