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Florida Cannabis Industry: Nearly 1,300 Jobs and Growing

Florida could have the equivalent of nearly 1,300 full-time jobs in the medical marijuana industry, a massive 1,700 percent growth over last year thanks to the new legal status of medical cannabis, according to an impressive new estimate of jobs in the industry from online content provider Leafly.

David Royse | LedeTree

Leafly estimated that Florida’s marijuana industry supported just 70 full time jobs last year, but because of its new law saw the biggest percentage increase of any state.

Overall, Leafly estimates that legal marijuana supports just under 150,000 jobs nationwide, 22 percent more than last year.

Leafly reached its estimate, however, using a July 2017 figure of 27,000 registered patients in Florida – a number that has since grown to more than 36,000 in early September. Leafly estimated that in July, the market was worth about $71 million, a figure it used to reach the estimate of 1,290 full-time jobs.

Leafly noted that incredible growth in patients, however, and acknowledged that there could be 50,000 by the end of this year, which would increase the number of jobs supported by the industry.

The estimate has limitations – which Leafly acknowledges in its own methodology disclosure. It notes that it’s based on assumptions about Colorado’s industry that were done by economists, that may not exactly transfer to other states.

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About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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