While legalizing cannabis is ultimately about freedom for those that have dedicated their lives to the cause, it is obvious that our newfound freedom creates jobs and generates revenue. The new industry provides an opportunity for the cannabis community to enter a business sector at the ground level, with an opportunity for advancement. Canada has seen the demand for growers and processors increase and wages have followed increased as the expected demand for cannabis flower and products will increase after October 17th. Budtenders and edibles chefs are also needed throughout legal markets and while those positions provide the opportunity for advancement after gaining experience, master growers are the high-salaried employees, as USA Today reported:

Budtenders start at about $12 to $15 an hour, depending on location and experience.

But the job is typically the first step toward becoming dispensary store managers who can earn salaries starting at about $40,000 a year.

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The market for cannabis chefs has exploded in recent years, with salaries for both topping out well above six figures.

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At the higher end of the pay scale, the most lucrative cannabis jobs pay up to $100,000 a year or more, according to a list of the highest-paying jobs in the cannabis industry posted by online industry magazine Civilized.

According to the state statistics available. the cannabis industry is outpacing the winery industry in pay already in Southern Oregon. While you should get into the cannabis industry because you love the plant and the cause, because it certainly isn’t a get-quick-rich industry for most people. However, you do get to help a lot of people and work during an exciting time for the legalization movement and advancement is possible with experience, and maybe some luck.

If you are in the cannabis industry, or are thinking of joining, the International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, Oregon, this September 27th-28th is the marijuana event for you. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the latest and network with top investors, entrepreneurs, and business owners from around the globe. Be sure to purchase your early bird tickets by September 12th to save $200!

Photo courtesy of Alachua County.