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 Missouri


Adult Use:
Market Overview:

Medical cannabis is legal in Missouri, but adult-use cannabis is not. In 2018, Missourians passed Amendment 2 for the medical use of marijuana in the state, and in late 2019/early 2020, the state began awarding licenses to dispensaries, labs, cultivators, and producers.

A 2022 ballot initiative would legalize adult-use sales.

Requirements & Application Process:

Cannabis workers in Missouri are called "agents."

“All owners who hold any portion of the economic or voting interest of a medical marijuana facility who will also have access to medical marijuana or the medical marijuana facility, and all officers, directors, board members, managers and employees must apply for a facility agent ID card…” Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, Medical Marijuana Facility Agent ID


  • Application information - name, address, Social Security number
  • Fingerprint submission through the Missouri Highway Patrol’s MACHS portal
  • Copy of written offer letter of employment from a Missouri licensed facility
  • Government issued ID
  • Digital photo that shows a clear color image of the applicant’s face
  • $75 non-refundable fee

Facility Agent IDs are valid for three years once approved by the department.

Background Check Requirements:

All employees of a licensed marijuana facility must undergo fingerprinting which will verify the applicant’s criminal history.

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Additional Job & Salary Information:

2021 Salary Guide

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