In 2018, an estimated 64,000+ individuals were infused into the cannabis industry. In a report from Whitney Economics and Leafly, it states that the United States now has more than 211,000 employees in the legal cannabis industry. When you factor in independent contractors and suppliers along with project managers and financial professionals, these numbers jump up to nearly 300,000. As it stands now, there are more cannabis jobs in the legal cannabis industry then there are brewery workers, textile manufacturing workers or coal miners.
No Signs of Slowing Down
The legal cannabis industry is one that is showing no sign of slowing down in the future. In 2018, legal cannabis sales increased by 34% to an average of 10.8 billion dollars and over the coming years, these numbers will rise yet again and again. When more states pass legalization and more jobs become available, we will see these numbers rise even higher. Cannabis helps patients and everyday people feel better and also helps with meaningful work.
The state of Florida is an excellent example of how cannabis helps employ people in an extremely volatile job market. Jobs are few and far between these days, so when you can add an extra 10,358 full-time jobs to a single state, that is excellent news. This is precisely what the state of Florida is seeing as of January 2019. One year ago, Florida had only 1,290 people employed in the cannabis sector. The demand for cannabis is a strong one as proven by the jump in Florida medical cannabis patients which went from around 65,000 to nearly three times that to 165,000 in just one year.
More Than Numbers
The legal cannabis industry employs more people than what the numbers show. Countless ancillary services cater to the cannabis industry. It’s not just about people who grow cannabis, package cannabis, or even those who work in dispensaries like budtenders. It takes accountants, architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers, digital graphic designers, writers, and more to power this multibillion-dollar budding industry.