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 Hawaii


Adult Use:
Market Overview:

Hawaii's legalization of medical cannabis in 2000 made it the first state to do so through the legislative process, as opposed to putting an initiative in front of voters. It took until 2015, however, for The Aloha State's Legislature to authorize a regulated cultivation and retail system.

Since 2017, when the first medical dispensaries opened, the state has seen year-over-year growth in both patients and sales, however the sales growth is slowing.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who can work at a dispensary in Hawaii?:

“Adults 21 years of age or older without a disqualifying criminal history may be authorized to work at a dispensary,” per Hawaii's Department of Health, which operates its Medical Cannabis Program.

Background Check Requirements:

All potential plant-touching cannabis employees must complete this form authorizing a fingerprint background check by the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center and the FBI.

Additional Links:
Additional Job & Salary Information:

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