With California Legalization of cannabis in 2018, and is rushing to fill what will amount to hundreds of positions relational to the shift, positions that will need to be filled by 2019. These positions will include things like scientists, tax collectors, typists, analysts, and lawyers; not only will taxes be pouring in from a newly legal recreational system, but new jobs will fill the market and benefit many. Hundreds at the state level are expected and thousands are expected at the city level in the state.
These new recruits will be dealing with a variety of responsibilities: monitoring streams near grows to make sure fertilizers won’t affect the environment, engineers to monitor groundwater, a cadre of lawyers to navigate the states’ labyrinthine environmental laws, doing background checks on storefront sellers who want government licenses, among many others.
At the beginning of the year, there were just 11 staffers of what’s known as the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which has now doubled and is expected to expand to ranks of more than 100 by February: they’ll be moving into new offices later this year, as the current headquarters has been outgrown.
This is all in preparation for what is projected to be the largest legal cannabis economy, once the California medical marijuana program merges with a legal recreational industry that will open for business come January. Current projections suggest the industry in the state will be worth a whopping $7-billion, and the state needs all the help it can get to regulate, guide, and monitor California Legalization.
The work will range from office bureaucracy to highly specialized, with salaries reported as being ‘attractive’ and a advertising campaign featuring Jim Carrey vying for applicants. The state is also expecting extensive policing challenges, from keeping stoned drivers off the roads to deterring illegal grows and legal cannabis from slipping into the black market.