It’s a Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, and while many in the Valley are watching the second week of the NFL season or spending time with their families, dozens of locals are tucked away in a warehouse learning how to sell legal marijuana.
Budtender Fight Club, held monthly since February 2017, teaches locals interested in joining Nevada’s legal marijuana industry the tricks and trades of the business, helping their résumés stand out to owners of dispensaries, testing labs, and cultivation and production facilities.
“We’re here to help people get a job in the cannabis industry,” said Jason Sturtsman, a cannabis consultant and former manager at Las Vegas ReLeaf Dispensary. “We want to make sure when people come to Las Vegas, they’re getting a great customer service experience in marijuana, just like our other industries.”
Sturtsman, 44, began the four-hour seminars as a passion project to educate people about the benefits of working in cannabis, during the early stages of Nevada legalization. A former psychologist in the Clark County School District and stakeholder in Downtown Las Vegas nightclub Beauty Bar, Sturtsman continues the classes to combat what he calls a wide range of misinformation surrounding the plant. The seminar has grown to include Budtender Fight Clubs in Reno and Southern California, held monthly at the same time as the Las Vegas seminar.
For $25, Budtender Fight Club educates attendees on the science behind the more intricate elements of the plant—from concentrate extraction to distillation and emulsion. But on a more basic level, the class aims to teach that marijuana consumption doesn’t need to be done in extravagant portions.
“You don’t need as much cannabis as you think you do,” Sturtsman tells the room of 60 students, ranging in age from 21 to 67 years old. “Most people can get just as