Here’s a striking figure for the nascent cannabis industry that only recently began to operate legitimately: It supports 125,000-160,000 full-time jobs in the United States.

To put that in perspective, the marijuana industry now supports approximately the same numbers of full-time workers as there are librarians and kindergarten teachers in the country – and roughly three times the number of employees in the U.S. coal industry.

Over the next five years, the number of full-time marijuana workers is expected to more than double as large markets, including California, ramp up and new states come online.

Most of the jobs in the marijuana industry are currently with small businesses, the bulk of which need only a handful of employees to maintain daily operations. Large, multimillion-dollar cannabis companies are beginning to emerge – and will likely become more prevalent as the industry matures – but the landscape currently is still dominated by small players.

See the original article at Marijuana Business Daily