Cannabis Job Requirements By State

Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely depending on where you live. We've curated a list of requirements to help clarify what you need to know to land cannabis jobs in each state.

Map of the United States
* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.
States & Districts
Adult Use
States & Districts
How to get licensed or badged to work in the cannabis industry in your state:

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In the cannabis industry, change is the only constant. If you thrive in that kind of dynamic, full-of-opportunity environment, this is absolutely the place to be. But breaking in can be tricky – especially since every state has its own unique set of requirements to work in cannabis. We know the laws are nuanced and can even feel confusing (thank you, Uncle Sam!). But learning all about the regulations in your state is an essential first step on your cannabis career journey. In fact, our recruiting experts will tell you the more you know, the more it’ll help you stand out with potential employers.

The best way to stand out for a job in the cannabis industry is by being genuine about why you want a cannabis job and begin educating yourself on what that transition will look like. Learn about the cannabis industry, understand the regulations, and start networking with advocates in your area. The barrier to entry into a cannabis job may be high, but by setting yourself apart from the average applicant, you’ll be able to land a cannabis job with a great team.- Kelsea, Head of Community Partnerships at Vangst

So, where to start learning about Cannabis Jobs? As you explore this guide you see there are three types of states in the US:

  • Adult use states
  • Medical states
  • Illegal states

What's the difference? “Recreational marijuana" (or “adult-use cannabis”), is legal marijuana sold in licensed dispensaries to any adult ages 21 and older. This might come in any variety of forms, from smokable flowers to vape cartridges to edibles and more. “Medical marijuana,” on the other hand, is only legal for patients who maintain a valid medical cannabis card. States where adult use cannabis is decriminalized but where sales are currently not regulated or in the process of being regulated will not appear marked on our map. Additional information on decriminalization is available within each state page where applicable.

You’ll also notice that not all companies in the cannabis industry require state licenses, but most growers, processors, and retailers do. If you’re considering a company that touches the plant, it’s important to work only with licensed operators in the cannabis industry.

Explore the unique laws and regulations in your state by clicking into the tool above. Still have questions? You’re not alone. Check out our additional resources. The Vangst community is here to help you along your cannabis career journey – every step of the way.

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