Cannabis Sector Employment Report 2021

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Cannabis industry creates hundreds of thousands of new jobs

The number of new jobs created by the legal cannabis industry is growing faster than any other industry in the United States. In 2020 alone, 77000 cannabis-related jobs were created and there are currently around 321000 in the United States, according to a new report.

Cannabis employment growth of 32% in 2020, despite COVID-19

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More than 321000 jobs in the United States belong to the legal cannabis industry and 77000 of them were added in 2020 alone, according to a new report released this week. The numbers are based on data from 37 countries in the United States (out of 50), of which, of course, run a medical cannabis industry and / or a legal market for recreational use. The growth rate in the number of new cannabis-related jobs represents an average increase of 27,5% each year, which places the cannabis industry at the top of the growth rate of a number of new jobs among all other American industries.

In total, over the past four years, the number of jobs in the cannabis industry has climbed 161%, with a significant portion, 58000, as expected in the state of California - the cannabis capital of the world and the one of the most powerful economies in the world.

For comparison, the United States has, according to the report, 127000 dentists, 314000 electricians and, as mentioned, 321000 practitioners in the field of cannabis, slightly less in the field of hairdressing and cosmetologists.

Although the share of the population Black among Americans is about 13%, only about 1,5% of management rankings in the cannabis industry in the United States are boys and girls from the African American community. . It was also found that in March 2020, with the corona epidemic, cannabis users spent 33% more money on cannabis purchases compared to the previous period.

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One of the highlights highlighted in the report is the fact that the increase in the number of cannabis-related jobs, as well as the increase in usage percentages, came in the year the corona plague broke out. and many closed businesses. As to the obvious question, how did they calculate whether a particular job "belongs" to the cannabis industry or not, the report's authors note that they were based on financial data collected from the cannabis market, information on work permits issued to industry practitioners, the number of employment licenses in various countries, and more.

The data has been published in a new report ( PDF ) of the Leafly website and are based on independent analysis by journalists, information experts and economists.

Distribution of jobs in the cannabis sector by state

  • There are more employees working in the cannabis industry in Florida than plumbers
  • Michigan employs more cannabis industry professionals than cops
  • California employs more cannabis workers than bank tellers


  • Addition of 23 jobs in the cannabis sector in 707
  • Has 59 jobs in the cannabis industry
  • The national industry grew by 80% between 2019 and 2020


  • 4338 additional cannabis jobs in 2020
  • Has 35539 jobs in total
  • Achieved $ 2,28 billion in cannabis sales in 2020


  • 14981 additional jobs in 2020
  • Has 31444 jobs in total
  • Florida sells more cannabis than any other state besides California and Colorado, though it's only medically legal


  • 687 additional jobs in 2020
  • Has 17981 jobs in total
  • achieved $ 1,1 billion in revenue last year, pushing the state to pass the billion dollar mark for the first time
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  • 524 additional jobs in 2020
  • Has 19873 jobs in total
  • If cannabis were counted among WA's other agricultural products (cherries, apples, etc.), it would rank in the top ten in economic value


  • 8348 additional jobs in 2020
  • A total of 16 jobs
  • Chicago, a city of one million black people, still lacks a black-owned dispensary

Comparison of the growth of the cannabis industry with other industries

In four years, employment growth in the cannabis industry has increased by 161%, quickly surpassing forecasts of other industries over ten years….

  • Speech therapy will increase by 25%
  • Animal care will increase by 23%
  • Data analysis will increase by 32%
  • Home health aids will increase by 34%
  • Solar energy installation will increase by 51%
  • Nurse practitioners will increase by 52%
  • Wind turbine technologies will increase by 61%

Even the biggest job growth, wind turbine technologies, will not achieve the same growth in 10 years that the cannabis industry has already achieved in just four years!

Michigan leads the pack in industrial job growth

Michigan has passed Oregon and now ranks sixth on the list of most cannabis-related jobs by state, as the Leafly report shows.

Michigan's industry now employs more than 18000 workers, more than double the number of positions reported in the industry just a year ago. Job growth is being fueled by the surge in sales of recreational marijuana, which became legal in the state in December 2019.

“There are now more cannabis workers than cops in Michigan,” Leafly wrote in her fifth annual Cannabis Industry Jobs Report. "In a state known for its auto industry, the number of cannabis workers is now roughly equal to the number of auto repair mechanics."

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