Meet the Guy Whose Job It Is to Trim Your Weed
What's it like to work in the "weedeconomy"? For pro weed-trimmer Jeremy Adamson, it's a dream come true. And he's not even high on the job.
Making a living in weed—without fear of criminal punishment—is no longer just a pipe dream for growing numbers of workers now employed by Colorado’s booming legal marijuana industry. The folks over at Vocativ are making it their job to profile five people working in the fast-growing “weedeconomy.” Yesterday, they profiled the grower. And today, they introduce us to Jeremy Adamson, a 32-year-old professional weed-trimmer.
Adamson was a medical marijuana patient at Evergreen Apothecary for a few years where he “jived” with the owners; a year ago, they hired him. Before that, he says: “I always worked at fast-food places and gas stations—stuff like that. I could never get good work.” Today, his job for six to nine hours a day involves removing the buds from marijuana stems with titanium-bladed trimming sheers. It might not be for everyone, but Adamson is a highly satisfied employee, calling it “some of the easiest work I’ve ever done in my life.”
He makes between $12 and $20 an hour, which he says is a “huge improvement” from past jobs. And despite what people might assume, he does the majority of his work sober. “I used to smoke before work because I was going out to do something I regretted doing,” he says. “But this is something I enjoy. I don’t feel the need to get stoned here.”
That might be for the best, since his job involves operating a sharp cutting appliance at high speeds. But sobriety also helps him stick to the strict rules and regulations of his job: Colorado’s marijuana industry is strictly regulated to prevent a break in the supply chain. And at Evergreen, the product is weighed four times to ensure that none goes missing (through theft, or by any bud ending up in the scrap pile).
There’s also an artistic element to the job that Adamson takes seriously. “You want to make it look pretty,” he says. “As a customer, I got really tired of seeing crappy trim. Now I get to be the finisher, make sure it looks good before people get to it. It’s something you can take pride in.”
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