100,000 – 150,000 Jobs Created by Legal Cannabis Industry in U.S.
The legal cannabis industry employs between 100,000 and 150,000 people in the United States, according to the 2016 Marijuana Business Factbook, a report published by Marijuana Business Daily.
The report includes those employed at recreational cannabis and medical cannabis retail outlets, cultivation centers, testing labs and production centers.
To determine the number of jobs created, the report used a calculation that estimated the number of legal cannabis businesses, and the average number of people they employ, to come to a total; they included both full and part-time positions.
The number of jobs in the legal cannabis industry is likely to increase substantially in the coming months and years as more states liberalize their cannabis policies; this November, for example, five states are voting on the legalization of cannabis for everyone 21 and older, and four additional states are voting on medical cannabis legalization.