Best States for Cannabis Jobs
Employment opportunities in the legal cannabis industry have never been so bountiful. On a near daily basis, jobs are being created from the grow house to the board room. Cannabis is arguably the most significant emerging market in the contemporary country, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Working in the cannabis industry does not limit the jobseeker to positions associated with the production and sales of cannabis. In my opinion, this is one of the largest sources of false rhetoric. In reality, cannabis jobs can be almost exactly the same as any other industry. Just like the Gold Rush, cannabis is presenting the people of America with the chance to get in one what will likely continue to be one of the largest markets in the world.
At present, the wealth of these potential job opportunities are situated in states that have already legalized or decriminalized medical and recreational cannabis use, but 2018 looks set to see cannabis legalized across a wealth of additional territories in the union.
Understandably so, the midwest states are still flagging behind the coastal and border zones, but if you’re willing to take the career leap and relocate, then here are your best options…
Colorado Cannabis Jobs
Colorado is arguably the best state to find cannabis-related work. The speed at which the industry has taken off here is understandable, yet still bafflingly exciting. Money is being pumped into the legal cannabis industry by the billions on a monthly basis, and the positions currently available reflect that.
Just like any other industry, cannabis has created positions for entry-level individuals, all the way to investors, board members, consultants, accountants, branding experts, marketers, and the like. Whether you want to be a security guard or a tech billionaire, Colorado is the Cradle of Cannabis, and the whole world is watching it birth an industry that has remained in the shadows for millennia.
This is why I recommend most first-timers to the cannabis industry begin their endeavors; this innovation in Colorado is designed to see you succeed, so if you’re looking to start your own business then this is where to do it.
Just like any other retail-based industry, cannabis presents an opportunity for all demographics of jobseekers. Colorado just happens to be the place brimming with options (and capital to invest).
The diversity offered by Colorado is present in no other state. Whether you’re looking for a small-scale operation, business, or shop, or seeking to be an industry leader before the end of the decade, Colorado is a platform that will allow you to do so.
California Cannabis Jobs
Admittedly, I may be a little bias on this one, but California is rapidly becoming the global trendsetter in cannabis culture. If you’re looking to become an influencer, trend setter, or be the coolest kid in school, California has the best options for you.
Lifestyle brands within the legal cannabis industry are one of the paradigms of the movement. Unlike most industries with the same global financials as cannabis, like agriculture, banking, oil, arms, and big Pharma, cannabis transcends all demographics and has one of the broadest appeals of any industry in history. This is because it fits into so many different niche areas of your day-to-day life.
Cannabis soaps, songs, hair products, foods, clothing, meditation devices, retreats, magazines, restaurants, yoga classes… if you can think of it, you can add cannabis to it in California.
I could give you an exhaustive list of every field currently merging into a cannabis spin, but I think that’s a poor use of word counts. Instead, take a moment and seriously consider an existing field that you’d like to work in. Now add cannabis to it.
Though these same industries can be found in Colorado, California’s social capital lies in Instagram followers, likes, and celebrity. It’s the easiest place to find free guerrilla marketing platforms, and if you’re cool and kind enough, you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by likeminded individuals who want to see you succeed.
If you’re looking to be an entrepreneur, work with one, or just simply work for yourself as an independent contractor, California has pretty much everything on offer. It’s also one of the easier locations to try growing cannabis outdoors, and the business laws here definitely favor the employee!
Oregon Cannabis Jobs
Oregon has created a center of holistic living, and in doing so has crafted one of the more laid back lifestyles for cannabis industry professionals. Instead of boasting entry-level trimmer positions, managers, and budtenders, the job boards for Oregon favor nursery growers and farm assistants, field experts, real estate agents for swathes of pasture ready to be cultivated, or perhaps you’re an older medical professional looking to take it easy.
Personally, I’ve never been to Oregon, but I hear it’s a fantastic. A close friend and cannabis user explained to me that, unlike California, there is less talk of lifestyle, and more talk of individual living in the cannabis cultures of Oregon. Cannabis is rapidly becoming a normative way of life, and if you can find a way to assimilate cannabis into the day-to-day routine of the once “square” type, then it’ll take off in Oregon.
However, Oregon is also a hotbed for grow operations. Google “cannabis jobs Oregon,” and you’ll find pages and pages of positions for trimmers, master growers, apprenticeships, grow production teams, harvest crews, and more.
These are some of the best states for cannabis jobs.
Some other states that have seen an increase in cannabis jobs are:
-Massachusetts cannabis jobs
-Maine cannabis jobs
-Nevada cannabis jobs
-Washington cannabis jobs
-New Mexico cannabis jobs
It really is the Gold Rush all over again, only this time it’s Green. Now is the time to get in the booming cannabis industry and start your new 420 career.
Written by Kay Smythe