Although cannabis remains illegal on the federal level in the US, 33 states now allow its sale at least for medical purposes. Ten of them, including California, have legalized recreational use.
And as new markets open and capital continues to flood in, the cannabis industry has become, by some measures, one of the country’s fastest-growing job sectors.
The jobs range from hourly work at farms and stores to executive positions. They also span the country. Columbia Care, a medical cannabis company that is based in New York and has 500 employees, has indoor farms and manufacturing plants in Massachusetts, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Arizona and the District of Columbia.
Jobs in the industry include agricultural work, retail positions and roles for specialists like chemists, engineers and nurses. A ZipRecruiter economist put the number of cannabis jobs nationwide at 200,000 to 300,000.