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420 with CNW — Report Shows the US Cannabis Industry Now Employs 440,000 Full-Time

A recent yearly report on marijuana sector employment in the United States reveals a nearly 5% increase in full-time cannabis jobs over the past year, marking a turnaround from the approximately 2% decline compared to 2022. Despite this increase, it represents the smallest annual growth since 2017.

According to the report by Vangst, a Colorado-based cannabis staffing company, and Whitney Economics, an analytics company, legal marijuana in the United States now supports more than 440,000 full-time workers. However, the report highlights that job growth was not evenly distributed across the country.

In states such as Michigan where cannabis sales have increased, significant job growth was observed: 11,000 jobs, representing a 39% increase compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, Missouri, in its first complete year of recreational sales, saw an addition of 10,735 jobs. Utah, Rhode Island, New Mexico, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland also experienced job growth.

However, more established markets such as Washington and Colorado saw job losses, with the two states reporting a 15% and 16% decline, respectively. California, despite its large market, saw a 6% decrease compared to the previous year. The report attributes these losses to various factors, including cannabis oversupply and a decline in cannabis-related tourism. For instance, the expansion of recreational sales to 20 states has reduced cannabis tourism in Colorado significantly.

Despite these challenges, the report remains optimistic about the industry’s future and predicts a recovery in the upcoming years. It anticipates losses in mature markets to decrease in 2024 and improve once more in 2025.

Looking ahead, the report projects that the legal marijuana industry in the United States will bring in $87 billion by 2035, more than tripling the $28.8 billion it brought in in 2023.

Apart from talking about employment figures, the report also provides insights into the wages of various positions within the cannabis industry. Retail directors make approximately $80,000 a year, whereas trimmers make between $14 to $27 per hour. On the other hand, cultivation directors get about $90,000, while budtenders make about $14 to $22 per hour.

Karson Humiston, CEO and founder of Vangst, noted the importance of their job-tracking initiative, especially considering the lack of federal government involvement in the cannabis industry. While the Vangst report does not delve into the impact of unionization on the industry, it acknowledges the varying trends in state cannabis revenue, noting that sales in new markets tend to grow rapidly. With more states expected to legalize marijuana in the future, the overall cannabis market in the U.S. is projected to continue expanding.

It would be interesting to see the findings of a similar analysis focused on how the marijuana industry is boosting other industries and verticals, such as the real estate niche in which companies such as Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) operate and serve marijuana businesses.

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