The Business of Pot: There Are More Legal Marijuana Workers Than There Are Dental Hygienists

If you’re an American living in a legal weed state, more than likely you’d have a better chance of finding someone to recommend, grow and sell you an eighth of marijuana before you found the perfect dental hygienist to clean your teeth. According to MJ Biz Daily’s annual Marijuana Business Factbook report, the legal marijuana industry, whether operating in states with recreational or medical-only laws, might employ more people than there are dental hygienists.

Released in late June, the study by MJ Biz Daily—a business information resource that focuses on retail and revenue surrounding the marijuana industry—found there were 165,000 to 235,000 people working jobs relating to the marijuana industry. Due to marijuana’s federal standing in the U.S., there is no exact standardized employment data relating to cannabis jobs in the U.S., and the federal government does not allow marijuana businesses to be included in data.

The marijuana industry’s employment boom is only expected to grow even more following Nevada’s first weekend of legal marijuana sales, during which some recreational pot dispensaries saw as many as 1,000 customers each day over the Fourth of July weekend. With Nevada joining the list of completely legal, around 250,000 new jobs are expected to be filled by U.S. workers by 2020.

If you have been charged with a drug related offense, it is imperative that you hire an attorney with good experiences. Frank T. Luciano has defended drug related prosecutions for almost 40 years and he is a lifetime member of the legal committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

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