Legal Marijuana Industry Responsible for 150,000 Full Time Jobs

A woman shops for cannabis products at a dispensary with the assistance of a dispensary worker. (Sonya Yruel/Drug Policy Alliance)

SEATTLE, WA — The legal cannabis industry is responsible for the creation of an estimated 150,000 full-time jobs, according to state-by-state data compiled by the online content provider Leafly.com.

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Their analysis identified 149,304 full-time jobs supported by the legal marijuana industry. Not all of the jobs included in the tally involved direct contact with the plant, as ancillary businesses like consultants and hydroponics providers were also included.

The total represents a 22 percent increase in the number of full-time cannabis-related jobs created within the past 12 months.

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States reporting the largest number of cannabis-related jobs were California (47,711) Colorado (26,891), and Washington (26,556).

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