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

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

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.”

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  1. cannacamp

    I love that the industry is headed in the right direction! This is very promising news for someone from CA like myself! I am hoping the industry takes off in productive ways. What direction would you like to see the industry headed?

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    1. Roxy Bentsen Faulkner

      I’d like to see medical marijuana available in all states as well as legalizing it recreationally. MMJ, Hemp and CBD need to be re-classified (de-listed) and it all needs to be left to “We The People” to use as we see fit. A multitude of medical and addiction problems would correct themselves if there were no restrictions. Drug dealing – DOWN.
      There is one thing however that I feel needs oversight. Pesticide free growing and soil testing prior to growing ESPECIALLY for Hemp, for obvious reasons.


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