As the cannabis industry gains ground, it continues to be a great source of employment
As much as federal agencies want to ignore the relevance of the cannabis industry in present times, they can’t ignore the fact that it gives jobs to hundreds of thousands of people in the US. According to a report published by the website, Marijuana Business Daily, by the end of this year, nearly 300,000 employees could be serving the cannabis industry across all state-licensed markets, with more to be added. The number of job opportunities provided by the cannabis industry is slightly higher than, for instance, the total number of computer programmers working in the country.
The analysis says that as many as 295,000 jobs related to the marijuana industry will be official before this year ends. According to projections from experts, there could be as many as 470,000 jobs in the marijuana industry by the end of 2022. Just a while ago, the renowned cannabis site Leafly.com provided another estimate that is in tune with what was recently stated. It said that there are around 243,000 people employed full-time in the cannabis industry.
Leafly explained in February in its Cannabis Jobs Report, “There are now nearly a quarter of a million Americans whose professional lives are categorized as [either] illegal or nonexistent by the government of the United States. If cannabis industry jobs were tallied like other jobs, … legal cannabis would be acknowledged as the fastest growing industry in America. It added, “Legal cannabis now supports 243,700 full-time American jobs.
“There are now more than 211,000 cannabis jobs across the United States. More than 64,000 of those jobs were added in 2018.…The cannabis workforce increased [by] 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,” said another report made last year by Leafly.com and posted on NORML’s website.