Co-founder of Vapium, a Canadian marijuana vape-maker states, “If you have a passion, any passion, we need advocates and allies. If you’re a baker, we need bakers. If you’re a lawyer, we need lawyers. Anyone who has empathy for people who need weed, and is driven, is welcome in the marijuana industry. There’s still so much opportunity.” The cannabis industry seems like it’s ready to take off. In 2016, the legal weed market in North America Generated $6.7 billion, up 30% from 2015, Arcview Market Research announced.
Washington DC has passed laws allowing medical cannabis use. Recreational marijuana is currently legal, and has been decriminalized in 13 states. In total, more than 20% of adult Americans have access to marijuana, both recreationally and medically.
Harun was manufacturing robotic toys before she thought about marijuana as a business. She was living in Hong Kong in 2012 and she gained passion when her partner, Vapium co-founder Michael Trzecieski, an engineer, was called into a factory they worked with to assist on an e-cigarette fix. He suggested they switch their business model from toys to e-cigs. “But we’re anti-tobacco. Canadians have had a medical marijuana program since the 1990s. I grew up knowing adults who smoked weed. It’s medically recommended for 200 conditions, and it could help a lot of people who are popping pills right now,” Harun stated.
Harun thinks the developing acceptance of marijuana as therapy makes it even easier to get into the industry. She recommends that anyone who is interested think about applying an existent passion to the developing marijuana market. Harun stated, “Think of a problem you want to solve and the people who suffer from it, even something simple like stress, or menstrual pain, and consider how cannabis could be or is being used to address it.”