Back in the day if you told me I’d have a career in the cannabis industry I’d laugh. However, thanks to activists that risked everything and sometimes more, my wonderful colleagues and the support of a great community, here I am!
In all honesty, the best part is not sampling products or working in a generally care free environment with creative, funny and open minded people–rather helping medical marijuana patients and recreational cannabis users discover the plant like I have in the past. Seeing that light click on will forever make me happy and reminded me that we’re all just seeking out some good ol’ relief.
Thankfully for those that want to get into the cannabis industry, regulated markets around the nation are providing wonderful job growth. So says our friends over at Leafly, who reported on the stats today:
How many jobs are there in the legal cannabis industry? It’s a common question—and one the government refuses to answer.
Because cannabis remains federally illegal, employment data agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics ignore all jobs related to the industry.
That’s too bad, because they’re missing one of the most dramatic job booms in recent history.
Over the past three months Leafly’s data team, working in partnership with Whitney Economics, has gone state-by-state to tally the total number of direct, full-time jobs in the state-legal cannabis industry.
There are now more than 211,000 cannabis jobs across the United States. More than 64,000 of those jobs were added in 2018. That’s enough people to fill Chicago’s Soldier Field, with 3,000 more tailgating outside.
Legal cannabis is currently the greatest job-creation machine in America. The cannabis workforce increased 21% in 2017. It gained another 44% in 2018. We expect at least another 20% growth in jobs in 2019. That would represent a 110% growth in cannabis jobs in just three years.

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