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Cannabis Industry Now Supports 243,000 Full-Time jobs

An annual report conducted by Leafly found that the legal cannabis industry now supports 243,700 full-time jobs. As of January 2020, the 243,700 positions are either full-time or full-time equivalent jobs. The increase to the current number of cannabis industry positions is a 15% year-over-year increase. Over the past 12 months, the cannabis industry has added 33,700 new jobs and is now considered to be the fastest-growing industry in the United States.

The states who led the number of cannabis industry jobs added this year were found to come from Illinois, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma. Massachusetts took the top as the leader of added full-time positions with 10,226 jobs added this past year and Oklahoma took second place with 7,300 jobs. Florida was no stranger to growth either; the state has over 300,000 registered medical cannabis patients and now has more medical cannabis patients that any other state. The state also saw an uptick of 93% in medical cannabis sales after the start of dried flower cannabis sales began.

This report published by Leafly ensures that even though the cannabis industry is in a down year, the industry does still expand. The company reports that the industry has double-digit growth every year and that this past year is no exception to the rule.

A huge factor to consider with the data collected by Leafly is that none of the cannabis industry jobs data reflects anything to do with jobs created by and for cannabidiol (CBD). The company reports that, as CBD is not regulated like state-licensed cannabis dispensaries are, that there is no data available to form a jobs count consensus.

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Cannabis Industry Now Supports 243,000 Full-Time jobs

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