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Colorado Cannabis Industry Continues To Add Jobs To Local Economy


colorado hempCannabis legalization supporters stated numerous times during the 2012 campaign that legalization would create jobs. Colorado, like every other state in the country, was hit hard by the economic downturn of the late 2000-s/early 2010-s. Many people lost their jobs and found it hard to find a new job. Any new jobs that are created in Colorado by the cannabis industry are welcomed.

It appears that supporters of legalization were right, as the legal cannabis industry in Colorado has added a significant amount of jobs since legalization implementation began. These jobs are in addition to the medical cannabis jobs that were already in existence. From Vox:

Since retail sales of recreational marijuana began in January, the state has seen a small boom in jobs. The Marijuana Industry Group (MIG) estimates there are currently about 10,000 people directly involved with marijuana, with 1,000 to 2,000 joining in the past few months and more expected as high demand for recreational marijuana continues. MIG says it’s hard to separate how many of those 10,000 jobs are tied to recreational marijuana and which are exclusively on the medical side, but at least a few thousand jobs came during and after the preparation and start of recreational sales.

Is there any state in America that doesn’t need more jobs in it’s economy? Especially solid, rewarding jobs like those found in the cannabis industry? Why isn’t every state legalizing cannabis to boost job growth and create career opportunities for its citizens? It’s time for a new approach.

Source: Oregon Cannabis Industry Association


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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.


  1. Our governor would prefer jobs in the beer industry, given the option, but it looks like marijuana, and marijuana-related employment is here to stay. Yay!

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