Cannabis Businesses Are On a Hiring Spree

The pandemic has left most of the economy in ruins, but it’s been a boon for cannabis industry hires.

Politico spoke to cannabis companies in a half-dozen states where marijuana is legalized. They’re hiring thousands of workers.

Most of the hiring plans were in place before the shutdown, but the isolation spurred increased buying and deliveries.

Green Leaf Medical said it’s in the process of hiring roughly 300 workers for its cultivation and retail operations in Virginia and Maryland, more than doubling its workforce. Trulieve has added 250 retail workers in Florida just since the Covid-19 outbreak began, with plans to add more. And Cresco Labs is hiring 250 workers to staff its stores in Illinois’ fledgling recreational market.
Curaleaf CEO Joseph Lusardi said his company has seen a 300 percent increase in demand for medical cannabis products.

“We’ve seen a surge in demand all over the country,” Lusardi said. “We’re seeing more patients become registered every day and we’re adding employees in just about every area of the business to meet the demand.”

Politico also heard from smaller companies in states like Florida that say they’re on a hiring spree. It’s not difficult to understand. Over the next four years, marijuana sales are expected to top $30 billion a year.

The cannabis industry isn’t completely immune from this pandemic, but it’s showing some signs of antibodies.