With a record number of cannabis measures being approved by voters across the United States during the November 2020 election, the number of states where recreational cannabis is legal has grown to 11 plus Washington, DC, and the number of states with legal medical marijuana has climbed to 34.
All signs point to continued growth in the cannabis market this year, which means there is no better time than right now to start a business or career in the industry.
Cannabis Business Opportunities in 2021
Business opportunities abound in the cannabis industry, and 2021 is poised to be another year of significant growth for cannabis business license holders and ancillary businesses that provide products and services to the industry, such as accounting, marketing, software, and other technology companies.
If you want to become a cannabis industry entrepreneur, then 2021 is a great year to take the leap! Here are just a few business opportunities waiting for you this year:
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Dispensary and Retailer
Businesses that sell cannabis products to medical patients and adult-use consumers are referred to as dispensaries and retailers, respectively. However, it’s not uncommon to see these two words used interchangeably.
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Manufacturing and Processing
Manufacturers and processors receive cannabis plant materials from cultivators and turn those materials into a variety of cannabis products, which can be sold to patients and consumers, including tinctures, topicals, edibles, and more.
Infused Products Manufacturer
Infused product manufacturers are a specific type of cannabis manufacturer. They create edible products that are infused with cannabis. For example, infused product manufacturers may make gummies, candies, cookies, drinks, and more.
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Delivery companies may be associated with a dispensary or retail business or they may be independent companies depending on the state’s rules where the business is licensed to operate. Delivery companies bring purchased cannabis products from dispensaries or retailers to patients and consumers.
Cannabis Career Opportunities in 2021
Not up to starting your own business but still want to work in the cannabis industry? You’re in luck because with industry growth comes an increase in available jobs from entry-level all the way to executive leadership roles.
Download Leafy Green Agency’s Guide to Cannabis Jobs to learn about many of the industry’s available career opportunities in detail. In the meantime, here are some great opportunities to consider:
Growers are responsible for growing healthy, high-quality cannabis plants through all stages of the growth cycle. Master growers are experienced horticulturists and depending on the size of the grow operations, a team of assistant growers may help with daily grow operations.
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Budtenders work at licensed marijuana dispensaries and retailers where they answer customer questions, help people find the best products for their individual needs, and provide sales and customer service.
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Delivery drivers could be employed by dispensaries or retailers or they may work for third party delivery companies depending on their state’s rules and marijuana program structure. Typically, drivers use their own cars to deliver cannabis orders from dispensaries and retailers to patients and consumers.
Cannabis businesses are usually required by law to have at least one security guard on premise. If you have a background in security or law enforcement, this could be a great way for you to join the cannabis industry.
Tracking cannabis from seed-to-sale is a big job, and every business that touches the cannabis plant across the supply chain needs to have detail-oriented inventory managers in place who understand the laws and how to comply with them.
How to Secure Your Future in the Cannabis Industry in 2021
The key to land a job or start a business in the cannabis industry is to make sure you have the knowledge and skills first. Industry certification training is a critical step to show hiring managers and investors that you have what it takes to be successful.
Make 2021 the year you reach your entrepreneurial or career goals by investing in yourself first. Leafy Green Agency offers online and in-person certifications seminars designed to set you up for success as you pursue a new career or launch a new startup.
Visit the seminar registration page to find the right course for you so you can secure your future in the cannabis industry in 2021.