As the July 2018 marijuana legalization date comes closer, universities and colleges looking to cash in on the burgeoning cannabis industry are figuring out ways to meet new demand for skilled workers to fill roles in the growth, production, marketing, and distribution of legal weed. While there's still a giant question mark around how many new jobs the legal industry will create, it’s safe assume that tens of thousands of new weed-related positions will open up with licensed producers, retailers, and in the public sector.
In the U.S., a February report from New Frontier Data, a Washington, D.C.-based economic consultancy, projected that the legal cannabis market would create over a quarter of a million jobs by 2020, beating out the manufacturing sector, utilities and even government jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Canadian government is still working on a formal economic assessment of the industry, but recreational weed sales are expected to be worth between $5 and 8 billion annually.
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