Fresh out of high school, Demi Bailey knew college was not her initial destined path. "I moved to France for 3 months. I knew I wanted to be on my own path, so I really focused on photography, adventuring and getting to know myself," Bailey said.
After her trip abroad and before working in the cannabis industry, Bailey worked as a host and server at a restaurant in San Luis Obispo.
"It was not what I wanted to do. It was the environment I wanted, but it wasn't what I wanted," she said. "So, I followed my intuition and where I was guided with the demand of what I wanted to do in the Cannabis Industry."
Bailey moved down to Los Angeles and struggled at first with the lack of women in the cannabis industry and her young age. "You have to prove yourself," she said.
"I didn't really know where to start, but one day I stumbled upon an ad for a position at a cannabis dispensary in Bell Flower, California," she explained.
"It was cool for a while. I got to meet some different vendors that came in all the time like KushyPunch, LordJones, GFarmaLabs, a bunch of different cool high end people in southern California that are in a lot of different dispensaries," Bailey said.
Bailey didn't continue her work too long at the cannabis dispensary (not before developing some key connections) due to the quick turnover rate for store front dispensaries.
"It was just a matter of time before we got shut down," she said.
"It was really frightening to know that these groups of girls are going in here to work and sell cannabis but risking so much. We're risking being put in jail, being questioned, just being hassled, getting a misdemeanor on our record, and at the end of the day its not really worth it. You really have to respect yourself and know where your effort is appreciated," Bailey explained.
This was not the part of the industry she wanted to be a part of, so she quit working for the dispensary, which led to her current opportunity at RosinTechProducts.
"Ever since its been a really great time. I get to travel and go to all the CannabisCups and really experience the cannabis culture itself," she explained.
What is your current role in the Cannabis Industry?
Demi Bailey is now a sales rep for RosinTechProducts, which is a leading brand for rosin presses (rosin press is an industrial technology that helps create solventless wax - learn how it works here).
As a company, they travel to different events with their booth to press for free, and she's there to press for you, show you what its all about and sell presses. Their goal is to show you how to the get the best out of your cannabis flour and remove the harmful chemicals within the initial product.
Bailey also hosts a booth at a secret sesh every Sunday to give people the best demo experience possible.
"When you come to Rosin Tech and we sell the rosin presses for you, you get the whole experience. No matter what, we give you a demo and show you what it's all about," she affirmed.
What's your advice to women looking to enter the cannabis industry?
"If you think about it and you look around, the women that are in the cannabis industry are the ones just standing around at the booths and giving out the samples at events. That's that side of the industry. I don't see many girls going about it in a more professional way where you really can make a difference when a girl sees a different girl woking in an office, really doing something big in the cannabis industry," Bailey pointed out.
"But not many girls have done that so far and I think the reason why is because every business out there is all males," Bailey explained. "You really have to learn to work with it."
"You have to learn and network. Thats the biggest advice. Network, network, network!"
"Any event I've gone to, there's not a single person that hasn't made the biggest impact on my career, still to this day. Every single person I've met has. Everyone."
Bailey's plans on being a part of the Rosin Tech family for a while. She loves being surrounded a network of such successful and passionate people in the cannabis industry.
"It's definitely where and what I want to do within this industry," she said.
"Just never stop networking, ever."
How do you anticipate the development of the Cannabis Industry in San Luis Obispo?
"I see a really big difference already from the last two years since I've been here. I ended up moving away because the demand here was not that strong. There weren't many growers here and there wasn't much networking," Bailey said.
"Two years later I come back and theres cannabis growing on the side of the highway that you can see glowing at night." She also mentioned the vast number of current deliveries on Weedmaps in San Luis Obispo.
Bailey went on to explain how one dispensary itself opens up a lot of jobs. Cannabis collective businesses need flower girls, budtenders, delivery drivers, security guards, managers, shift leads, inventory people and other positions to run a successful operation.
"There's going to be jobs where people have to regulate. The state is going to come in and they are going to weigh everything out, and that opens up more jobs itself."
"The demand for Cannabis here is growing fast. Very fast."