Seeing green: How a laid off welder opened Calgary's largest pot shop

Amid pipeline problems and market mayhem, one Calgary welder is using skills learned in the oilpatch to kick-start a career in cannabis.

Jason Marshall had worked in the oil and gas sector as a journeyman welder for more than 17 years when the economic downturn hit Alberta in 2014.

Even with more than a decade of experience, Marshall was let go from his job at Precision Drilling along with thousands of other tradespeople as the industry ground to a crawl.

Marshall spent the next few years working as a contractor until a visit to the Calgary Franchise Show with his wife, Irene Struc, led him to trade in his welding torch for good.

“It was, I suppose, a complete surprise to both of us that this was even an industry we would end up in and . . . be big proponents of,” said Struc.

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