Here’s the introduction to their piece…
Despite being a nascent and still federally illegal operation, most states deemed cannabis companies and ancillary services as essential businesses when COVID-19 hit the U.S. Since that time, consumer demand has sustained – if not grown – and patients have been able to continue getting their medicine. Now, the legal cannabis industry is looking towards the future and “new normal” with expanding, legitimized workforces that have kept the industry alive during a national economic downturn.
According to Marijuana Business Daily’s Annual Marijuana Business Factbook, U.S. medical and adult-use cannabis sales will reach at least $15 billion in 2020, an almost 40% increase from last year. It also predicts industry employment could reach almost 300,000 full-time jobs this year, a 50% increase from 2019. To put those figures in perspective, the number of jobs in the cannabis industry would be about the same as the beverage industry and computer programming. It’s important to keep in mind, only 11 states have completely legal adult-use markets. As cannabis becomes legalized in all 50 states, it’s easy to see its employment surpassing other, more established industries.
The cannabis sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, creating a new workforce amidst the current health and economic crisis. Ohio’s medical market has already created 600 new jobs, a 21% increase since February. And cannabis companies in states ranging from Maryland and Virginia to Oregon are continuing to grow their workforce. A recent report using data from cannabis staffing firm Vangst found 68% of companies plan to increase headcount during the second half of 2020.