Get Up to Speed with Arizona Cannabis

Whether you’re a patient seeking relief, an industry professional, or simply curious about the current state of cannabis in Arizona, this guide will help you navigate through the intricacies and stay informed. Discover the facts you need to know and gain a deeper understanding of Arizona’s evolving cannabis industry. Let’s dive in!

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F.A.Q: Employment in the Arizona Cannabis Industry

If you’re curious about the job opportunities, requirements, and considerations when it comes to working in the thriving cannabis sector of Arizona, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking for a career change or someone intrigued by the emerging industry, this guide aims to address common questions and provide valuable insights. 

Our story

Since its establishment in 2014, our organization has served as the state dispensary-recommended workshop, providing comprehensive training in the cannabis industry. Over the years, we have become a trusted authority in cannabis education, certifying hundreds of students through our Principles and Standards program.

Our mission

To empower individuals by providing comprehensive education and resources in the cannabis industry. We strive to equip our students with the skills, knowledge, and ethical principles necessary to excel in the evolving cannabis landscape. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the advancement of the industry while promoting the well-being of individuals and the communities we serve.

Our Common Questions...

A dispensary agent is a principal officer, board member, employee, or volunteer who is responsible for performing tasks in or on behalf of the dispensary.

To find a job in the medical marijuana industry, it’s crucial to have a well-crafted resume that highlights your relevant skills and experiences, tailoring it to each specific position. Networking within the industry, staying updated on trends and regulations, and considering additional training or certifications can also improve your prospects. By showcasing your passion and knowledge, including your experience with Herbal Risings, you can increase your chances of landing a rewarding job in the thriving medical marijuana industry.


In Arizona, cannabis classes are helpful, but currently not required to become register a registered dispensary agent with the state. However, many dispensaries do require a certificate from a program such as Herbal Risings.

A certified budtender is a person who has completed six or more units of our standards program. The Cannabis Career Workshop includes twelve units of material!

According to the Arizona state law, a convicted felon may not work inside a dispensary. However, there are many other opportunities available through ancillary companies working inside the Arizona Marijuana industry. 

Your full set of fingerprints must be submitted with your dispensary agent application before you can work in a dispensary. The fingerprints may be used to check for felony checks. You might be required to pay for your fingerprinting.

No. Dispensary agents are required to pass an excluded felony check, defined as violent crimes, controlled substance violations, and other offenses which can be found at the ADHS website.

Once hired with a dispensary, a principal member of the dispensary will register you as a dispensary agent with the state. You do not need to do anything prior to accepting a position in the industry. Once you are a registered dispensary agent, your dispensary must then apply for your Dispensary Agent Registry Identification Card. The application package must include a recent photo and dispensary agent FEE, often covered by the dispensary.

The minimum age to work in a dispensary is 21 years old.

A verified certificate from Herbal Risings can provide proof for an dispensary employer that you have successfully completed an online course.

This information is for referral sources only. Information contained from this page has been sourced from the ADHS website. Please consult ADHS medical marijuana program for any questions regarding licensures.