US (NM): Workers joining the cannabis industry earn more than in their previous non-cannabis jobs

Wage earners who joined New Mexico’s legal cannabis industry typically earn more than they did in their previous, non-cannabis jobs, according to a new article in the latest issue of the state Department of Workforce Solutions’s monthly Labor Market Review.

“The data show that for some people, the grass is greener in the cannabis industry,” the report says.

By the end of last year, 4,666 workers in New Mexico were employed in the state’s legal cannabis industry, which officially opened its doors in April 2022. Nearly 9 in 10 of those employees, the Department of Workforce Solutions report found, worked in the retail sector.

During its first year of legal sales to adults, New Mexico saw more than $300 million in sales of recreational cannabis products — a milestone Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) touted last month. Medical cannabis receipts, meanwhile, totaled another $187.4 million.

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