How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* 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.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of Connecticut


Adult Use:
Market Overview:

In June 2012, a program for medical cannabis was signed into law. In June 2021, Connecticut lawmakers approved a social equity-focused, adult-use cannabis market that's expected to eventually generate more than $700 million in sales.

As of October 2022, retail sales had not yet started.

The state currently has the following statement on its website: "The supply chain must be entirely licensed before sales can begin, including stores, testing labs, and growers, and there must be enough growing capacity to supply the retail market. The Governor has directed each state agency to work to implement the law quickly and responsibly."

Requirements & Application Process:

Plant-touching cannabis workers must be credentialed as Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility Employees

You must secure employment with the organization first before registering with the state. From there, you will be required to complete the online application and continue through the process. Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection, Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility Employee


  • You must have a position with a Connecticut licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must provide all required information and documentation including but not limited to personal information, employment history, criminal actions, a copy of a valid US Government issued ID, and a passport-sized photograph.
  • The dispensary facility you’re employed by must provide the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection with documentation confirming your employment.
Background Check Requirements:

You will be required to disclose historical criminal actions during the application process.

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Additional Job & Salary Information:

2021 Salary Guide

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