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Cannabis Industry Estimated To Bring 200,000 New Jobs in 2015

Cannabis Industry Estimated To Bring 200,000 New Jobs in 2015

Legalizing the use of cannabis for either medicinal or recreational purposes has produced many positive results. The plant, itself, helps to ease the suffering of many people with debilitating medical conditions. Legalization and sales have provided state and local governments with tax revenue. It has even reduced strain on the judicial system by allowing law enforcement officers to focus efforts and allocated much needed resources elsewhere, thus reducing court costs by processing fewer non-violent offenders.

There may even be a greater benefit provided by the newly budding cannabis industry in the form of job creation. CannaInsider estimates that the legitimate cannabis industry will introduce 200,000 new jobs by the end of 2015.

Matt Karnes of GreenWave Advisors, an independent financial research company for the cannabis industry, agrees. He explained in the released statement,

“By 2020, assuming the most likely progression of state by state legalizaiton, we expect the combined (medical and adult use) retail marijuana market to reach $21 Billion. Jobs are just the beginning. A cultural shift towards the cannabis plant is taking place.”

CannaInsider released a list of some of the new job titles created with marijuana legalization in an effort to shed some light for those living in states where marijuana prohibition is still very present. The list includes the following job titles:

  • Cultivator
  • Edible Artisan
  • Lab Technician
  • Extraction Technician
  • Compliance Consultant
  • Cannabis Tour Guide
  • Budtender
  • Software Developer
  • Dispensary Manager
  • Cannabis Attorney
  • Packaging Designer
  • Security Consultant
  • Health Educator

Just as with any industry, some positions are at the bottom of the totem pole, while others are at the top. Head cultivators can make over $200,000 per year, while the average budtender makes closer to $30,000. An interesting point about the jobs in this industry is that they cover a wide spectrum. For example, there are positions representing the fields of science, technology, agriculture, culinary, law and more, all in one industry. As more states pass marijuana policy reform measures, more jobs will be created.

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5 Things to be Thankful for This Danksgiving

5 Things to be Thankful for This Danksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday for feasting with family and friends while giving thanks for a good harvest, and all the good from the year passed. According to Urban Dictionary, Danksgiving is similar but different because heavy cannabis use is required. With that in mind, here are 5 things to be thankful for this Danksgiving!

1. Vape is the word of the year!

Vape was awarded the title, Word of the Year, by the Oxford English Dictionary. According to Oxford, vape was triumphant because today, “You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.” Whether you are using a Volcano, plug-in vape, or a vape pen, the point is you are vaping.

vape pen

2. Cannabis Critic is an official job now!

The New York Times confirmed that Denver is home to the first weed critic in the United States. This has been a dream job for many Americans for decades, and its finally real.

Jake Browne Smoking Weed

3. Three revolutionary grandmothers took bong rips on camera to show the world what it is like to get high for the first time!

Click here to watch the video. If grandmas can do it, anyone (over the age of 21) can!

Grandma smokes marijuana for first time

Grandma smokes marijuana for first time

Grandma smokes marijuana for first time

4. Four legal states (and one district)!

Voters approved laws allowing the recreational use and retail sale of cannabis in Oregon and Alaska. In the District of Columbia, voters legalized recreational use without retail sale. Add in Colorado and Washington, and 8 percent of the United States (and one district) have, officially, legalized marijuana. Ending cannabis prohibition is something worthy of many thanks.

Marijuana Law Map United States

5. J-O-B-S, jobs!

The cannabis industry is creating jobs in states where the plant is legalized, be it for medical or recreational use. WeedHire determined that this budding industry has the highest job availability and growth potential.

jobs marijuana industry

Happy Danksgiving! Celebrate responsibly.


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