5 Hot High-Paying Careers Created by Marijuana Legalization

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana was legal in the States until 1931. It was brought into the country for the purpose of recreational use after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The substance became linked with immigrants and due to massive unemployment and resentment towards the immigrants, became criminalized in 1931.

Marijuana has come a long way since then, by not only helping cure a number of ailments such as cancer, glaucoma, anxiety, depression, and stress but also paving new career pathways for people in the legal weed industry. It is anticipated by New Frontier Data that the industry will provide 250,000 new jobs by the year 2022.

The top high paying jobs in the legal weed industry are:

Director of Cultivation

Growing marijuana requires knowledge and expertise, it is both a science and an art. The director of cultivation, also known as the master grower, overlooks everything from planting the seeds, cloning, watering the plants, giving them optimal light, and overseeing pest management. They head a team of growers and usually have background knowledge or advanced degrees in horticulture. They also frequently interact with law enforcement to make sure that they ensure compliance.

Dispensary Manager

Very similar to managing a retail store, the duties of a cannabis dispensary manager range from managing the staff, ensuring the satisfaction of all customers, handling inquiries, and maintaining inventories. They make sure that the company policies are withheld, everyone that enters is above 21 years of age and that the customers have proper medical prescriptions. Their average salary ranges from $56,000 to $98,000 per year.


A budtender can be considered a mixture of a pharmacist and a bartender, working behind the counters at dispensaries. They do everything from checking prescriptions and IDs to helping the customers navigate their way around the products. They are required to have a vast and extensive amount of knowledge of the local goods, but many Washington DC dispensaries offer on the job training. The budtenders are expected to have good customer service skills as well as sales experience.

Edible Chef

Medical and recreational marijuana comes in a variety of forms, including cannabis infused-candy, cookies, brownies, lollipops, and even butter. A job as an edible’s chef entails vast experience with food and production, mostly hiring personnel from a culinary background. A sous-chef or a head-chef can earn more than $90,000 per year as an edibles chef.

Cannabis Consultant

Consulting in any field is usually high paying, with no exception to the legal industry. Cannabis consultants can be from any field, as long as they combine their expertise, to help find suitable business locations, obtain licenses, provide legal advice, and fulfill tax requirements. The entire operation setup is aided by the expertise of the consultant, and it’s no surprise that they are paid six huge figures a year.

Since 2017, job openings in the industry have increased four-fold. These are just a few of the numerous jobs that have emerged in the last few years, so check them out if you are looking for a change in your career!