Roughly one week before Canada’s legalization of marijuana goes into effect, the U.S. government has issued a clarification to an earlier policy announcement that many feared would prevent people who work or invest in the marijuana industry from entering the country.
“A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S.,” reads the clarification release on Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Previous statements by Trump administration officials led to concerns—and resulting pushback from members of Congress—that any Canadian who is affiliated with the cannabis industry would be barred from visiting the U.S.
The new CBP clarification will likely be met with a sigh of relief from Canadians who work for or invest in marijuana businesses.
However, the updated statement does have a big caveat.
[I]f a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible,” it says.
So as long as a Canadian isn’t crossing the border for the purposes of seeking investments for their cannabis business or for other reasons related to marijuana, they should be able to enjoy a visit to the U.S.
Canada’s legal marijuana sales go into effect next Wednesday.
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See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:
U.S. Government Loosens Border Policy For Canadian Marijuana Industry Workers
WeedHire, the go-to website connecting cannabis industry employers with job-seekers, just published the most recent quarterly report on industry job growth. Two more states and Washington D.C. have legalized a recreational marijuana market since the last quarterly report was published, but those markets have not yet had time to significantly influence job growth. Still, this quarterly report shows that the cannabis industry is definitely budding, backing up the with the estimate predicting 200,000 new industry jobs in the future.
The cannabis industry has created a job market for more than budtenders, trimmers, growers and other common dispensary positions. This industry expands to many different sectors of the job market. For example, many of the listings on WeedHire are recruiting research scientists, program developers, attorneys, administrative positions and more. There are also ample opportunities for those seeking technology, marketing and social media positions. Although, most of the job postings on WeedHire list a salary range between $30,000-50,000, there are several starting above six figures.
According to the Q4 report, more than 148 million Americans now live in a state that has legalized medical marijuana, and more than 17 million live in states that have approved recreational marijuana measures. This means that approximately half of all Americans have supported cannabis policy reform where they live.
Implementation of state law has the biggest influence on the growth of the cannabis industry. Program development has delayed medical marijuana in Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, among others. Once those programs are established, the industries will be able to grow further. For example, the flourishing Colorado industry has reduced the unemployment rate from 6.5 percent to 4.2 percent in just one year, and the Brookings Institute described the marijuana industry as an “excellent opportunity for young people without a college education to escape the clutches of minimum wage.”
View the WeeHire quarterly jobs report infographic below:
Photo credit: WeedHire
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:
- Edible Artisan
- Lab Technician
- Extraction Technician
- Compliance Consultant
- Cannabis Tour Guide
- 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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Last month WeedHire, a website that connects the cannabis industry with jobseekers, published their quarterly report on industry job growth. With the full legalization of 2 more states and the District of Colombia since that report, there will undoubtably be another bump in industry job offerings through the end of the year. WeedHire’s report says that they expect the job market to grow nearly 700% over the next five years.
It’s not just budtenders, trimmers, and growers that are expanding job growth in the sector either. WeedHire has job listings like state employed research scientists, tax technicians, and attorneys. Most commonly, jobs range in the 30k to 50k annual salary range, but the website says that they’ve seen several job postings with starting salaries above six digits.
Still, administrative and sales functions like budtending make up more than half of WeedHire’s job listing this last quarter with most of the listings coming from California, Colorado, Washington, and Washington. No doubt that Oregon will be amongst the top job offerers in the coming months.
With the marijuana industry expected to reach $10.2 Billion over the next five years, there is not a hint of doubt that the sector will continue to offer job growth for Americans. Keep an eye out in early January another promising quarter of job growth from the marijuana industry.