How to Work In Cannabis
Requirements by State
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.
How to get your cannabis license in:
- Adult Use:
- Market Overview:
Florida launched their medical cannabis market in 2017, and it has since grown into a $1.2 billion business. With over 300 dispensaries throughout the state, Florida added 170,000 patients in 2020, bringing the total of registered patients to nearly a half million. The state also added roughly 15,000 cannabis jobs in 2020. It is projected that Florida’s cannabis revenue could easily double if the state adopted adult-use cannabis, estimating the potential for up to $2.1 billion in sales, $800,000 per month in taxes, and up to 80,000 local jobs by 2025.
- Requirements & Application Process:
While no specific cards or licenses are required to be employed by a licensed cannabis facility, there are a few restrictions.
"All employees of a medical marijuana treatment center must be 21 years of age or older and have passed a background screening..." 2020 Florida Statutes, Medical Use of Marijuana
- Background Check Requirements:
"An individual required to undergo a background screening pursuant to this section must pass a level 2 background screening as provided under chapter 435, which, in addition to the disqualifying offenses provided in s. 435.04, shall exclude an individual who has an arrest awaiting final disposition for, has been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or has entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to an offense under chapter 837, chapter 895, or chapter 896 or similar law of another jurisdiction." 2020 Florida Statutes, Medical Use of Marijuana
Additional background check requirements:
- "Such individual must submit a full set of fingerprints to the department or to a vendor, entity, or agency authorized by s. 943.053. The department, vendor, entity, or agency shall forward the fingerprints to the Department of Law Enforcement for state processing, and the Department of Law Enforcement shall forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for national processing."
- Fees for state and federal fingerprint processing and retention shall be borne by the individual. The state cost for fingerprint processing shall be as provided in s. 943.053 for records provided to persons or entities other than those specified as exceptions therein.
- Fingerprints submitted to the Department of Law Enforcement pursuant to this subsection shall be retained by the Department of Law Enforcement as provided in s. 943.05 and, when the Department of Law Enforcement begins participation in the program, enrolled in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s national retained print arrest notification program. Any arrest record identified shall be reported to the department.
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