How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

Map of the United States

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 Illinois


Adult Use:
Link to Application
Market Overview:

In 2020, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize adult-use cannabis. Within their first month of legal sales in January 2020, Illinois earned nearly $40M in revenue. BDSA forecasts that the Illinois market will reach $1.5 billion by 2025.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who needs a Dispensing Organization Agent Identification Card:

Any person hired to work at a licensed dispensing organization. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Information for Dispensary Agents


Background Check Requirements:

“Applicants for an Adult Use Cannabis Dispensing Agent Identification Card must have a fingerprint-based criminal history record information background check.”

  • You will be required to complete the Fingerprint Consent Form
  • Any answers regarding criminal history disclosed on the Attestation Form must match the results of your fingerprint-based criminal history record and background check
Additional Links:
Additional Job & Salary Information:

2020 Salary Guide

State Regulations Forum: Get your state regulations questions answered in our community forum.

All Illinois Jobs:
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