US (CA): "Cannabis job growth has exploded"

As more states legalize cannabis, job growth in the field has exploded. More than 428,059 full-time cannabis jobs now exist, according to the 2022 Leafly Jobs Report. Leafly Senior Editor David Downs explains it’s another year of growth for the $25 billion cannabis industry in the United States. 

107,059 new cannabis jobs added in 2021
David Downs: "It’s torrid because we keep adding new legalization states to the United States. This jobs report looks at 38 states — 11 of which have adult-use sales. You can think of these cannabis jobs on the legal side like a wave that’s sweeping across the nation. There's a 33% increase in jobs year over year. That’s 280 jobs a day. And this is a fifth year straight that those gains have been 27% or more.

Types of jobs 
"Our equation turns the state's annual retail sales revenue into a job equivalent. That’s everything from a farmer in the field to the professionals in offices like lawyers and accountants who are participating in the industry now more than ever. We get those revenue numbers for each state from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and we turn those into those jobs numbers."

Scale of cannabis jobs in California
"California now has more cannabis job equivalents than cops, and it's about to eclipse lawyers. It's bigger than Hollywood in terms of actors employed or directors employed versus marijuana job equivalents. California did $5.1 billion in retail sales in 2021. That worked out to 83,607 jobs with the addition of 21,000 jobs last year. It's only up 15% in 2021 compared to 64% in 2020. These are mind-boggling numbers, but they speak to this massive state switching over from its decades-old illicit industry to it's now 5-year-old legal retail and adult use industry."

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