More than 200,00 jobs could be created in the recreational marijuana sector, the industry’s chief executive has told the BBC.
The comments by the CEO of the recreational cannabis industry, Mark Neeley, come amid a surge in job creation.
In September, the government announced it would launch a new job search service for cannabis workers, which will allow businesses to fill their vacancies.
But Mr Neely said there were still a lot of vacancies.
“I think we’ve got a bit of work to do,” he said.
“But we’re really optimistic about it.”
He said the job vacancies were likely to increase by more than 300,000 per year.
“We’re looking at a potential 200,001-200,000 jobs for that sector by 2021.”
And that’s a very high figure.
It’s a lot.
“If we’re talking about the number of jobs that we have, we’re in the realm of the 400,000, 600,000 that we’ve been talking about.”
The jobs could also be a boon for local communities.
“The number of cannabis workers in our community will increase as we build new facilities and we have more staff,” Mr Nieley said.
“We want them to be employed here.”
He added: “If you look at the industry we’re building now, it’s very much in the business of providing a service.”
The Government has earmarked $1.1 billion for cannabis businesses to help grow the sector.
The Government says it will spend the money on job training and employment services.
Mr Neeles said the government had been working closely with the cannabis industry to develop a national scheme to hire and train people for the industry.
“There’s a clear recognition that the cannabis business is the only job that has been lost in the cannabis sector,” he told the broadcaster.
“We are a global cannabis industry and we need to be doing everything we can to support it.”