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Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Has Created 123,00 Full-Time Jobs In U.S.

By Erik Altierei, NORML Executive Director

The legal cannabis industry is responsible for the creation of an estimated 123,000 full-time jobs in the United States, according to data provided by the online content provider Leafly.com.

Authors analyzed state-by-state economic data to draw their extrapolations. They estimated some 58,000 full-time jobs in states where both the medical and social use of cannabis was legal. They identified another 65,000 full-time jobs in states that permit a medical marijuana market.

California (43,374 full-time jobs), Colorado (23,407), and Washington (22,952) led the country in marijuana-related job creation.

Authors acknowledged that their figures may potentially underestimate the actual size of the cannabis-related job market, but added, “[W]ith the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics refusing to acknowledge the existence of a single legal cannabis job, a conservative estimate may be the best we’re going to get.”

For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-500 or visit http://www.leafly.com.

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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