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 New Jersey

New Jersey

Adult Use:
Market Overview:

New Jersey has both a medical and adult-use cannabis program. As of January 2021, New Jersey has begun building out the policy which will shape their adult-use program. Currently, there are no adult-use operations in the state, and there won’t be until state officials write regulations and award licenses to the businesses that will make up the new legal market. Residents probably won’t be able to walk into an adult-use dispensary to buy cannabis until 2022. New Jersey is projected to be the largest recreational cannabis market on the East Coast with their total population of approximately 8.8M.

Requirements & Application Process:

There is currently no information on whether licenses or cards will be required to work in adult-use facilities as adult-use sales will most likely not begin until 2022. The information provided is for prospective employees of medical marijuana establishments.

In order to gain employment by an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC), you must undergo fingerprinting and a background check.

Background Check Requirements:

The following information is reviewed by the New Jersey Department of Health:

  • Any convictions of the applicant under any Federal, state or local laws relating to drug samples, wholesale or retail drug distribution or distribution of a controlled substance;
  • Any felony conviction under Federal laws, or the equivalent conviction under state or local laws;
  • The applicant's past experience in the manufacturing or distribution of drugs or controlled substances;
  • The furnishing of false or fraudulent material in any application made in connection with drug or device manufacturing or distribution;
  • Suspension or revocation by Federal, state or local government of any registration currently or previously held by the applicant for the manufacture or distribution of any drugs, including controlled substances;
  • Compliance with license and/or registration requirements under any previously granted license or registration, if any;
  • Compliance with requirements to maintain and/or make available to the Department or Federal or law enforcement officials those records required by this subchapter; and
  • Any other factors or qualifications the Department considers relevant to and consistent with ensuring public health and safety.
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2020 Salary Guide

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