As of 2019, the legal cannabis industry has created around 211,000 jobs, reports Leafly(.com) via a survey that it has conducted in collaboration with Whitney Economics, a consultancy firm based in the US.
Since cannabis is still federally illegal, employment data agencies like the Bureau of Labor Statistics have absolutely no clue whatsoever regarding the number of people employed in the legal cannabis industry. Thus, Leafly and Whitney Economics took the trouble of going from one state to another and tallying the total number of full-time jobs in the legal cannabis industry.
Out of the 211,000 jobs in the United States, a whopping 64,000 were generated in the year 2018 alone, a staggering 44 percent up from 2017, which saw a 21 percent growth in terms of legal cannabis jobs from the previous year. So, in a nutshell, one can safely assume that in just 3 years there was a 110 percent rise in the number of full-time jobs in the legal cannabis field.
According to the official data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fields that are expected to witness the fastest-growing employment figures, include home-health-care aides (by 47 percent), wind turbine technicians (by 96 percent) and solar voltaic installers (by 105 percent). However, what’s startling is the fact that all these figures have been projected to happen over the next ten years, while legal cannabis has ‘single-handedly’ moved past these figures in a matter of 3 years.
While Florida, one of the new entrants in the legalization of medical marijuana, saw an increase of 9,000 full-time jobs in 2018, Nevada added around 7,500 cannabis jobs in the same time-frame. On the other hand, New York saw an increase of 278 percent and concluded 2018 with as many as 5,000 jobs. This might come as a huge surprise- Pennsylvania had almost 90 jobs in 2017; however, by the time 2018 came to an end, same Pennsylvania had added 3,800 more job opportunities in its ‘portfolio’.
If you are also looking to join the legal cannabis niche in some form, then pay close attention to the number of full-time employment opportunities mentioned in the following points, expected to be available across respective states until the end of 2019:
- Arkansas- 960
- Oklahoma- 4,400
- Florida- 5,000
- Massachusetts- 9,500
- California- 10,260