He has recently been working in the medical cannabis field, mostly as an independent consultant. His assessment is that the industry is "desperate for analytical talent."
He strongly believes that experienced chemists would find themselves employed quickly as consultants in almost all areas where the medicinal cannabis industry and chemistry intersect: extractions, analytical chemistry, formulations and safety/EH&S. Synthetic chemists who had experience at the liter scale and above would be able to find themselves work as consultants relatively quickly, he believes. He also feels that there is room for new graduates in chemistry in the cannabis industry, especially for those who have proven themselves to have GC/HPLC skills (and the ability to maintain and fix them.)
He acknowledges that working in the cannabis chemical industry is indeed "taking a risk" with one's career. It is towards that end that he has joined the Cannabis Chemistry Committee, in order to help make the field a little more legitimate and lay the groundwork for the future of this nascent field.