I became a professional joint roller and found my dream job.

  • Thomas Indigaro turned his passion for cannabis into a career as a professional joint roller.
  • Joint rolling technicians at 710 Labs are paid at least $20 an hour to roll up to 300 joints a day.
  • Here’s how he landed his dream job and what it’s like, as Jyoti Mann said.

I was asked to roll 500 joints in two days as part of the application process. I’ve had personal experience with cannabis and rolling joints, but I’ve never sat down at a table and tried to make hundreds at once.

I got halfway there but they were happy with what I was able to provide. Eventually, 710 Labs offered me a full-time position, which made me very excited. It’s a dream job.

I’ve been doing this for just under four years. 710 Labs founder Brad Melshenker is a friend from college and remembered I could roll a good joint and contacted me.

He wanted to change the bad reputation of pre-rolled joints and offer a premium product using only the best materials. I really liked what they were trying to do.

So I started rolling joints for them and helped establish their joint rolling department. Now we are down to a team of seven people in total.

Before I had this opportunity, I never imagined that being a professional joint roller was something I could do for a living.

On a typical day, I usually try to roll up to 300 joints per shift. My process at this point is very muscle memory for me. Everyone comes out the same and I can roll at least 60 joints per hour.

I have a different technique from most people. Most rollers use a freehand technique where they hold it above the table and shape it with their fingers. I prefer to roll on a table, so the joint never comes off. It’s similar to how sushi would be rolled.

Photograph of Thomas Indigaro looking down as he rolls a joint on the table wearing gloves.

Thomas Indigaro chooses to roll joints over one. table.

710 laboratories

We use spiral shaped rotini pasta as a filter or roach. We simply break it in half and use the favorable end as a mouthpiece and it provides a cool, vortex-like smoke effect. It gives great structure to the joint as it is stiff and comfortable to hold, instead of no filter or a cardboard filter.

I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years, ranging from catering, to tourism, to hospitality and home renovation. Of all the jobs I’ve had, being a joint laminator is the best job I’ve had.

We do a hands-on assessment when looking for new joint rolling technicians. We are looking for people who take pride in their ability to make a quality seal. We have created a career path for this unique skill set and our entry-level technician starts at around $20 per hour with full benefits. (The insider consulted the documentation to verify the hourly pay rate.)

It is best if you have personal experience with cannabis. It makes the job much easier and more fun if you already love cannabis. There are no requirements other than your ability to make a joint at a reasonable speed. We don’t compromise on quality at any stage, but neither can you take all day to roll a joint.

One of the differences between being a professional seam roller versus a recreational roller is how we seal seams.

Usually at home I just lick it off the gum line. Here, for sanitary purposes, we do not use saliva to close the joints. Instead, we use Q-tips with distilled water and ride wearing gloves.

The working atmosphere is great. It’s a really great group of people who love cannabis and do what we love. It’s an atmosphere.

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