How to get your cannabis license in your state:

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Adult Use:
Market Overview:

Pennsylvania legalized medical cannabis in 2016 and has been operational since 2018. The state is projected to sell as much as $2 billion worth of regulated medical cannabis in 2022.

Requirements & Application Process:

Currently, there are no specific licenses or applications required in order to be employed by a licensed cannabis business in Pennsylvania.

However, your employer must submit your information to the state, along with :

  • Evidence of good moral character and reputation of its employees
  • A description of the duties, responsibilities and roles of its employees
  • Employee qualification and training

In addition, you may be interviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which oversees the medical cannabis program. And you must complete a 2-hour training course within 90 days of starting employment.

Background Check Requirements:

A background check is required in order to gain employment from a licensed cannabis business. The Pennsylvania Department of Health may deny employment if a background check shows "that the individual has been convicted of a criminal offense relating to the sale or possession of illegal drugs, narcotics or controlled substances and, following notification by the Department, the applicant fails or refuses to provide the Department with evidence satisfactory to the Department that the individual is no longer associated with the applicant in this capacity."

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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.

23States & DistrictsAdult Use
18States & DistrictsMedical