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 Michigan


Adult Use:
Medical and Adult Use
Link to Application
Market Overview:

Michigan was the first state in the midwest to legalize medical and adult-use cannabisMichigan voters approved the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative in November 2008. The measure legalized the use of marijuana for those with severe or terminal illnesses. Michigan voters approved the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) in November 2018, legalizing the consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

Requirements & Application Process:

There are currently no licensing or certification requirements to work in cannabis in Michigan. However you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Be willing to undergo a background check

Upon being hired at a cannabis establishment, the business licensee is required to:

  • Have a policy in place that requires employees to report any new or pending charges or convictions
  • Disclose any charges or convictions for a controlled substance-related felony or any other felony to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency
  • Record the employee at the time of hire in the statewide monitoring system and remove them when no longer employed

A full list of requirements is available via the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency site

Background Check Requirements:

A background check is required in order to be employed by a licensed cannabis establishment in Michigan.

According to the Michigan MRA, “if the background check indicates a pending charge or conviction within the past 10 years for a controlled substance-related felony, a licensee shall not hire the prospective employee without written permission of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency.”

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Additional Job & Salary Information:

2020 Salary Guide

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