There are a lot of naysayers who will say that cannabis is going to take away jobs, but in reality, we can see the opposite happening. If you look at Colorado and Washington, the first two states to legalize marijuana and have these booming industries, they have seen double-digit job growth.
The issue here is that it is still federally illegal, so businesses can’t go after traditional loans or set up a formal business structure. This means they have to operate under the table, making it difficult to create jobs and attract employees willing to work for them.
Yes, marijuana can create a lot of jobs.
Marijuana is becoming a vast industry. In Colorado alone, there are an estimated 18,000 marijuana jobs. This is just in one state, and the number continues to grow.
Marijuana dispensaries need budtenders, managers, janitors, and so on. Marijuana grows warehouses need maintenance people, trimmers, managers, etc. There are jobs in the industry at all levels and positions. Marijuana can create jobs in other industries as well. Many people make a living off of smoking accessories like bongs and pipes. These people work at stores that sell the accessories or work for companies that make them. The legal cannabis industry will continue to create more jobs for these people and many others.