Cannabis jobs in Arizona have increased according to a report from Vangst outlined by 12 News. The jobs increase coincides with the launch of legalized sales in the state, which began in January.
Vangst estimated the state would see another 25,000 industry jobs for Arizonans over the next five years, the report says.
Raul Molina, Mint Dispensary’s chief operating officer, said that the retail outlet is “receiving lots and lots of applications” and the company has “been lucky enough to cherry-pick some incredible people.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses throughout the U.S. are having trouble finding employees and in Arizona, some individuals with certain criminal histories are not allowed to work in the cannabis sector. Since January, Mint has hired 90 people and anticipates hiring 75 to 100 more by the end of the year, Molina told 12 News.
Last week, the state Supreme Court launched a new website to help individuals determine whether they are eligible to have their cannabis-related criminal records cleared for crimes that are included under the state’s legalization law, which may increase the employee pool.
According to a Leafly report, the U.S. cannabis industry currently supports 321,000 full-time jobs, a 32% increase from the number of cannabis jobs in 2020.
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