How to Work In Cannabis

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.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of West Virginia

West Virginia

Adult Use:
Market Overview:

The medical cannabis market was legalized when the state's Legislature passed The Medical Cannabis Act in 2017, which was signed by Gov. Jim Justice.

There are currently more than 13,592 approved medical patients, 36 dispensaries, five processors, and nine cultivators operating across the state. No additional license applications are being accepted for retail, processing, or cultivating.

The medical cannabis industry is responsible for 332 direct jobs, and 1,884 ancillary positions, according to the state.

Requirements & Application Process:

Employees must be:

  • 21 years or older
  • Submit their fingerprints through IdentoGO for a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check
  • Undergo training through one of three third-party providers
  • Employer must submit a statement that each employee is of good moral character
Background Check Requirements:

Each employee must pass a background check.

Additional Links:

West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis industry resources

Additional Job & Salary Information:

2020 Salary Guide

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

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