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 Maine


Adult Use:
Medical & Adult Use
Market Overview:

The first retail stores for adult-use cannabis opened in Maine in October 2020, nearly four years after voters approved legalization. A medical marijuana dispensary model was previously established in 2009.

Requirements & Application Process:

Who needs an Individual Identification Card?:

“All individuals working in or for a licensed marijuana establishment who possess, cultivate, manufacture, package, test, dispense, transfer, serve, handle, transport or deliver marijuana or marijuana products are required to have an Individual Identification Card.

All individuals working in or for a licensed marijuana establishment who have the authority to access or input data into the inventory tracking system or a marijuana establishment point of sale system are required to have an Individual Identification Card.

All principals (including but not limited to officers, directors, managers, or general partners) of a licensed marijuana establishment are required to have an Individual Identification Card.” Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Office of Marijuana Policy, Individual Identification Card Application Instructions


  • A completed application; It is recommended that you submit your application electronically in order to expedite processing
  • A clear photograph of your face; Photo must be high resolution and have a plain white or off-white background. It is recommended that someone else take your photo on your behalf
  • Must register at IdentoGO to schedule a fingerprinting appointment
Background Check Requirements:

A criminal history records check is required in order to obtain your Individual Identification Card.

The Office of Marijuana Policy will not issue an Individual Identification Card to “any individual with a disqualifying drug offense, as defined by Title 28-B.”

Additional Links:
Additional Job & Salary Information:

2020 Salary Guide

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