If you go to the “Cypress Hills Weed and Seed Job Fair” in Brooklyn tomorrow and expect to come away with a sweet gig farming marijuana, you will be extremely disappointed.
We got an email this afternoon from the United States Attorney’s Office alerting us to the aforementioned job fair. Normally, emails about job fairs get a one-way trip to our trash folder. However, given the connotations associated with “Cypress Hill” and “weed” — and considering the source of the email — we figured “sure, we’ll bite…”
Upon further review of the email, it turns out the band Cypress Hill has nothing to do with the job fair, and chances are there will be no weed.
We asked Justice Department spokesman Robert Nardoza if the name of the job fair was just a scam to get stoners to show up at a place where federal authorities would be waiting to throw the cuffs on them (no, under federal law, marijuana has not been decriminalized as it has been in New York since the 1970s — and the feds will bust you). He assures us that “no, it’s a real job fair.”
He appears to be telling the truth — “Weed and Seed” is a “community-based strategy” program administered by the DOJ. It’s goal is to reduce crime, drugs, gang activity and violence in high-crime neighborhoods. Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, has been a “Weed and Seed” neighborhood since 2009 — and tomorrow there apparently will be a jobs fair.
According to “Weed and Seed” officials, there will be several employers in attendance with active job openings. Additionally, the New York State Department of Labor will be there to upload job resumes into the state’s SMART system, which stores resumes in a database to keep job-seekers updated when employment opportunities arise.
If you plan on attending, “Weed and Seed” officials suggest bringing 15 copies of your resume.
The jobs fair will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall at 108 Pine Street in Brooklyn. For more info, click here.
We called “Weed and Seed” officials to see if they’d consider changing the name of the Cypress Hills event to avoid further confusion. They didn’t return our call.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 3, 2012