Marijuana jobs – and their salaries – are on the rise

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As the marijuana industry continues to expand, so do employment opportunities

The legal marijuana industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. With that growth comes the necessity to fill more jobs, creating an entirely new employment section across the country. As competition among different entities within the industry becomes stronger, salaries are increasing in an effort to attract the most qualified individuals.

As pointed out by New Jersey attorney Jon Fanburg, “Growth of the marijuana industry has been extraordinary in every sense.” He added that there has been “no shortage of capital and no shortage of property owners willing to supply locations.”

According to Marijuana Business Daily, there are already in the vicinity of 125,000-160,000 people working in the marijuana industry. The most common jobs are related to compliance, dispensary operations, sales representatives and cultivation workers.

Salaries vary greatly, depending on the position. For example, a Director of Cultivation may earn from $47,000 to $250,000. Budtenders and dispensary workers can typically expect to earn from $12-$16 an hour. The difference comes down to what the employee knows and what the company feels it can adequately budget. As competition continues to become more fierce, salaries are adjusted accordingly.

Cannabis continues to show its power. It is known to be a legitimate treatment for a number of illnesses, including epilepsy, cancer and Parkinson’s disease, but is also a candidate for relief of another illness – unemployment. As the industry continues to expand and more jobs are added, unemployment will decrease. This has positive benefits not only for the immediate employee and his or her family, but for the entire economy, as well.