There are many full-time jobs and people that depend on the legal cannabis industry. While the fate of marijuana remains uncertain even after the recent legalization of cannabis in several states, it is more important than ever to keep track of this kind of jobs.
A lot of taxpaying Americans are supported by their job in the legal marijuana industry. It may surprise you, but there are many kinds of jobs that a person can take right now and be legally involved with weed. In some states, cannabis already qualifies as the second most valuable grown commodity.
If you wonder what possible jobs are there for people who know their way around cannabis, here are some of the avenues open to enterprising cannabis enthusiasts in the U.S.
Being a cannabis farmer is not all giggles and fun. It is hard work that requires extensive knowledge and skills. Marijuana is not a simple weed that will flourish by itself and give you great harvest just because. At first, prospective farmers face many legal issues to obtain a license. Then, the hard work of cultivating cannabis begins.
Extraction technicians are in demand today. The industry has a large niche for cannabis extractions and the companies take good care to produce the best of the best. You will not hear any university offering you an opportunity to study marijuana extraction, but there it is, the perfect job for those who want to see the inner workings of the contemporary marijuana industry in America. You may start as a simple assistant in a company that produces weed products and climb the career ladder to becoming extraction technician, manager, and even reach higher executive positions.
Another way to get into the heart of the industry is to create weed goods yourself. Many companies hire professional chefs that mix together simple ingredients to create something wonderful—a product that will attract many customers. Baker's assistant, candy maker, food chemist, herbalist consultant, food scientist—all these jobs are legal and available for anyone to try and apply. If you already are a chef and want to change something in your life, you can always try yourself in the cannabis industry.
Being a vice president of public affairs in a cannabis-related company is a complex job to take. No matter how many years of experience in public affairs you have, weed industry is always new and unexpected at times. For some people, joining the legal cannabis sector is a fascinating opportunity to take part in the development of a brand new industry even despite the reputational risks. Only determined people can succeed in this part of the industry. Besides, unlike some other male-oriented industries, this one is welcoming to women.
Right now, people are very interested in cannabis culture and anything that surrounds it. What better time to promote cannabis tourism than now? With the partial legalization of the plant, many entrepreneurs took the opportunity to establish a new fruitful business. They began organizing cannabis-themed events, visits to grow houses, dispensaries, special classes, and even museums. Cannabis tourism is flourishing right now and offers a lot of jobs for people who are interested.
Though there are no exact official estimates, three states that lead in the number of legal cannabis jobs are Colorado, California, and Washington. While the federal government may refuse to acknowledge all these jobs, many states support hundreds and thousands of people who work in the legal cannabis economy.