Article by Jason Leon, Newsweek
Canada’s budding marijuana industry is set for rapid job growth as recreational use will become legal in October.
A flourishing weed business has led more and more Canadians to search for opportunities in the sector. Job hunting related to pot has more than quadrupled compared to a year ago, The Globe and Mail reported last week. For instance, in the province of Saskatchewan, marijuana grow-ops, distribution centers, warehouses and retail stores will likely create about 700 new jobs by the time recreational use is officially legalized this fall, CBC reported.
Some businesses have been gearing up for months. Canopy Growth Corporation, which is based in Ontario and is currently the world’s largest legal pot producer, plans to quadruple its workforce. That means the number of people employed by the company will jump from about 750 to around 3,500, spokesperson Jordan Sinclair told VICE News earlier this year.
The number of job seekers looking to work in this field also spiked at the beginning of the year, as media headlines highlighted the surging prices of marijuana stocks. The industry’s stocks were among Canada’s best performing in 2017.