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 York

New York

Adult Use:
Market Overview:

In April 2021, New York passed a bill that legalized use for adults 21 and older. Additionally, people will be permitted to store up to five pounds of cannabis at home. While sales are currently not open outside of medical cannabis businesses, regulations are currently being established and the state hopes to begin sales in 2022. Medical marijuana was first legalized in New York in 2014.

Requirements & Application Process:

There are currently no licenses or cards required to be an employee at a New York medical cannabis facility.

Background Check Requirements:

Per legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2021, reduced penalties will be implemented for the possession and sale of cannabis. Additionally, the legislation “creates automatic expungement or resentencing for anyone with a previous marjuana conviction that would now be legal under the law.” This means that once the conviction is expunged, it will not show up on a background check and cannot be used against an applicant seeking employment.

Additional information on background check requirements will be provided once available to the public.

Additional Links:
Additional Job & Salary Information:

2020 Salary Guide

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