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To land a job in the cannabis industry there are some basic steps that you will need to take. First of all, you will need to decide what kind of job you are looking for.

 The Most Popular Cannabis Jobs

  •  Cannabis Grower
  •  Cannabis Trimmer
  •  Budtender
  •  Dispensary Manager
  •  Security
  •  Sales
  •  Marketing
  •  Advertising
  •  Infused Cannabis Product Producer
  •  Courier or Delivery Driver
  •  Retail Shop Owner
  •  Tourism
  •  Seed Harvester
  •  Glass Blower
  •  Review Writer
  •  Software Creator
  •  Website Design
  •  Payment Processing Providers

After you have figured out what type of job you want, you will need to develop experience in that particular area. If you want to be a cannabis grower, you need to do more than read a book. Nobody will hire a cannabis grower that has no experience growing cannabis. In fact, all cannabis jobs require some level of prior experience in order to get.

Let’s take a look at the current states in America that have the most cannabis jobs.

Where Are The Cannabis Jobs?

Although it is possible to be involved in the cannabis industry from anywhere, if you are looking to start a cannabis business or work in a cannabis business that involves you actually working with your hands and the cannabis plant, these are the places to be in.


The cannabis business is flourishing in Colorado. Millions of dollars are being made every day, and taxes are being paid and going back into the local economy.

If you want to work in the cannabis industry in Colorado, most jobs will require you to start with the Colorado Department of Revenue.  The Colorado Department of Revenue is responsible for the overseeing of the cannabis industry in the state.

The Marijuana Enforcement Division is the area of the Department of Revenue that has all the rules and forms in regards to getting involved in the cannabis industry in Colorado.

Those who wish to start a cannabis business, whether it be medical, or recreational, in Colorado, or if you are looking to work in a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, or a recreational pot shop need to begin by filling out the appropriate forms.


The state of Washington, although nowhere near as advanced as Colorado, is a good place to start a cannabis business or get a job working at one. With the recent passing of recreational cannabis laws, the state is poised for major growth.

The cannabis industry in Washington is overseen by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. The WSLCB receives requests for cannabis business licenses. There are numerous jobs available in both the medical and recreational side of the business.


California is a great state to be in if you want to cultivate cannabis. Certain cities in California, such as Santa Cruz, and Oakland and Sebastopol, have very favorable plant limits.


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There are numerous opportunities to work in medical marijuana dispensaries as well, as bud tenders or managers.   Thousands of people get jobs each year as trimmers. They usually get paid by the pound and are also given free weed and food while they trim.

California is a good place to start a cannabis business. But it is important to check with the city rules before getting any real estate, because each city varies as far as cannabis laws. Many cities have bans on dispensaries in California. The cannabis industry in California is regulated by the California Department of Health.


Arizona has a fair amount of opportunity for those seeking employment in the cannabis industry. There are also opportunities to start cannabis businesses in Arizona, such as dispensaries or medical marijuana evaluation doctor offices.

The marijuana industry in Arizona is regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services. They are in charge of all applications for things such as: becoming a medical marijuana patients, caregiver, dispensary operator, or physician. For all the forms needed go to


Oregon is a great state to be in the cannabis industry. Favorable plant limits for cultivation, a great climate, and fertile land are all reasons to look to Oregon for cannabis jobs or to start a cannabis business. The Department of Public Health is in charge of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). The OMMP is the place to start if you are looking to get in the cannabis industry in Oregon.


The state of Michigan has a great marijuana industry. There are jobs in dispensaries for aspiring budtenders, as well as cannabis cultivation positions for expert growers. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program is run by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.


The cannabis industry in Nevada is seeing some great growth as of recent months. The state is likely going to be one the best cannabis states in the coming years. The Medical Marijuana Program in Nevada is operated by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine, although small in size when compared to some of the Western states, has a very nice cannabis industry. Many growers are making a lot of money in Maine, doing deliveries to patients across the state.

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There are also some medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine, and legalized cannabis is likely to soon occur in Maine as well. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Services is in charge of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP). For information about the program go to


Massachusetts is an up-and-comer on the list. The state is projected to have a large cannabis industry in the new few years.  Many hopeful entrepreneurs have already staked their claim on a variety of cannabis business opportunities likely to surface soon. The program is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services.

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