Great news! As of January 2022, 428,059 full-time equivalent jobs were supported by legal cannabis. According to the 2022 Leafly Job Reports, that is a 33% increase in jobs within a single year. This marks it as the fifth year in a row of annual job growth being greater than 27%. Last year, the cannabis industry created on average 280 new jobs a day. The annual Leafly Jobs Report is produced in partnership with Whitney Economics since 2019. Whitney Economics is known for being the nation’s most comprehensive cannabis employment study.
Did you know that Federal prohibition actually prevents the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics from counting state-legal marijuana jobs. I mean, I’m not totally suprised but also when is this negative cannabis stigma going to go away? I think it’s pretty evident that cannabis jobs count and have importance no matter how you look at it. The amount of work that takes place within the cannabis industry is on another level.
Leafly’s Job Reports dug a little deeper and looked into the nine states that were leading contributers to the increase in jobs. Here are those results below (Leafly):
1- Arizona: due to first year of adult sales, Arizon added roughly 2,600 jobs for a total of 23,333 jobs