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 Washington


Adult Use:
Market Overview:

On December 6, 2012, Washington became the first U.S. state to legalize adult use of marijuana and the second to allow adult-use marijuana sales. The state expects revenue to reach $2.13B in 2021, up from $1.8B in 2020.

Requirements & Application Process:

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

However, you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Be willing to undergo a background check
Background Check Requirements:

Not all cannabis businesses require you to undergo a background check. Those that do may exempt some prior cannabis charges. More information is available through the business doing the hiring.

Additional Links:
Additional Job & Salary Information:

2020 Salary Guide

State Regulations Forum: Get your state regulations questions answered in our community forum.

All Washington Jobs:
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