Careers in Cannabis

Bridget Mulroy
Almost 500,000 jobs in the cannabis industry are expected to open over the next year.(Jeremy Poland/iStock)

Stockton University will be hosting a career fair with NJ Cannabis Insider to bring attention to the booming cannabis industry coming to New Jersey. It’s set to take place on 5 April, you can get your tickets here (students are free.)

“There are so many different ways to engage in the cannabis world,” says Rob Mejia, a professor of cannabis studies at Stockon discussing what it takes to become hired within the industry, “I would say that it depends on the person’s background and interest.”

Since the fair will be hosted by Stockton University, they will be flaunting their cannabis education programs which all finish with industry-recognized certificates. Some of the programs are online courses that are capable of being self-paced.

The fair will be a fantastic networking opportunity for prospective cannabis futurists and career professionals alike. Mejia urges, “it’s important that people go to events, that they listen to panels, that they embrace online material, and that they network. Also, of course, you can read books and watch documentaries.”

Leafly, a well-known resource throughout the cannabis world has published a recent report about growth in the job sector. This has current stakes in the industry more eager than ever to hire trained and knowledgeable individuals. 

Leafly projects a 33% increase in jobs within the cannabis industry over the next year. The report clarifies that the demand for jobs in this industry has continued to grow in a positive direction. 

An estimated four hundred twenty-eight thousand full-time jobs in the industry are expected to become available. Compare this number to just over one hundred twenty-two thousand jobs in the industry across the United States in 2017.

Specifically, in New Jersey, Leafly reports, “New Jersey’s constricted and poorly regulated medical marijuana system sold roughly $189 million in cannabis products last year, which supported 3,147 jobs. The state’s patients have long suffered under one of the nation’s most overpriced and least accessible medical marijuana programs. New Jersey closed out 2021 with 123,000 registered medical marijuana patients, served by only 23 operating dispensaries. Furthermore, New Jersey’s marijuana regulatory system is a mess. Nobody in the state government tracks medical marijuana sales, so nobody knows how much was sold, or to whom. The state imposes a tax on medical cannabis, 4% during the first half of 2021, 2% for the second half, but officials with the New Jersey Division of Taxation could not tell us how much revenue those taxes brought in. In other words, the state tax department doesn’t know where the cannabis tax money went.”

There are jobs in all departments of New Jersey’s growing cannabis industry, and according to Leafly, New Jersey needs a lot of work.

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Working formerly as a ghostwriter for a well-known New York magazine, Bridget Mulroy won two prestigious writing awards. As a writer, she takes a keen interest in topics that impact people's lives and will leave no stone unturned to share a story. Each of Bridget Mulroy's publications on the NewsBreak platform explores change and encourages readers to think beyond the limitations of the world they thought they knew.

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