Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spotlighting the jobs, jobs, jobs reality of the modern marijuana industry

This recent Forbes article authored by Tom Angell, headlined "Marijuana Is The Fastest-Growing Job Category, Top Recruiting CEO Says," highlights a key economic development story within the modern marijuana reform. Here are excerpts:

The head of a leading firm that connects businesses with job seekers says that employment in the legal marijuana industry is growing faster than any other field. "You know what the fastest-growing job category in the United States is?" co-founder and CEO Ian Siegel asked. "Marijuana."

And he should know. His company calls itself the "fastest growing employment marketplace" and claims to have "helped over 1 million businesses and 100 million job seekers find their next perfect match."

"Twenty-nine states have legalized marijuana.  There's 445% job growth in job listings in the category year over year," he said at a conference hosted by U.S. News & World Report on Friday. "Let me put that in perspective for you," Siegel said, reporting that technology jobs are at 245% growth and healthcare positions are rising at 70%....

"Our Q4 data for 2017 revealed an especially dramatic leap in the number of new cannabis industry job posts," the report said. "The number of cannabis industry job posts increased 693% year over year and 79% quarter over quarter."

At the Friday conference, Siegel used the rapid growth of the marijuana industry as an example of how the education system can't necessarily plan on the continuance of workforce trends from the time kids are in school  "The things that happen societally, and the way we try to predict what you should teach kids, they happen so fast and they often happen in ways that are jarring enough that it's hard to get our brains around it," he said.  "I would never encourage the members of the audience to try to predict the future and adjust curriculum based on that.  I don't think that's a viable strategy."

Though understand the notion that early childhood education cannot easily adjust for predicted job trends a decade later, I think institutions of higher education can and should be recognizing the job-creation potential of modern marijuana reform and be open to developing new curriculum accordingly.  As regular reader know, I have been teaching a Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform class at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law for the last four school years, and next year the College of Law will also be offering a new class focused more on the busines law side of marijuana reform titled "Cannabiz: Exploring the 'Legalized' Cannabis Industry."  I am very proud that my institution is eager to ensure law students have a way to learn about various aspects of an industry that seems to be on a continued significant growth curve.

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