America’s cannabis industry supports over 400,000 jobs

America’s cannabis industry supports over 400,000 jobs
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The 2022 Leafly Jobs Report has unearthed some fascinating findings about the U.S. cannabis industry’s impact on jobs.  According to the findings, as of January 2022, 428,059 full-time equivalent jobs were supported by legal cannabis.  In 2021, an average of 280 new jobs were created by the cannabis industry on a daily basis — representing a 33 percent increase in these types of jobs within a single year.  Plus, the findings mark the fifth consecutive year of annual jobs growing more than 27%. Today, the plant constitutes a multi-billion dollar business in the U.S., with consumers forking out $25 billion last year alone. The report, which is published on an annual basis, was produced in conjunction with Whitney Economics — a global pioneer in cannabis and hemp industry business consulting, data, and economic research, has teamed up with Leafly to carry out the research since 2019.  Key takeaways from the 2022 Leafly Jobs Report Due to federal prohibition, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics is forbidden from counting state-legal cannabis jobs. Not to worry, however, since the data and news team at Leafly have been hard at work analyzing employment in the legal cannabis sector.  Their most recent search found that the cannabis industry has created 428,059 direct or “hands-on” jobs, such as cultivation and retail dispensary sales. In addition to this, the cannabis industry has opened the door to a number of ancillary jobs that rely on legal cannabis sales or serve licensed companies. Examples of ancillary or indirect cannabis jobs that do not touch the plant are accounting, construction, human resources, legal affairs, media, maintenance, technology, regulatory compliance and security. Which U.S. states harbor the most cannabis job potential? Highlighted below are the key players in the U.S. cannabis job market as per Leafly’s report:…

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