Recreational Cannabis legalization increases employment in counties with dispensaries


Resident Canadian
Dec 1, 2020
Canada's Ocean Playground

Researchers from The University of New Mexico and California Polytechnic University find increased employment, especially in manufacturing, following the opening of legal recreational cannabis dispensaries. They found no evidence of declines in worker productivity, suggesting that any negative effects from cannabis legalization are outweighed by the job growth these new markets create.
It's manufacturing during the production of cannabis for sale at dispensaries. It suggests people are not leaving other jobs to work in cannabis manufacturing but coming from the pool of already unemployed workers.