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.