Avid marijuana enthusiasts may think that cannabis legalization is a gateway to get a job in the industry they already enjoy. But it turns out using cannabis is not a gateway to getting a job in the industry.
Many cannabis companies turn away job applicants who use marijuana. There are several reasons for this. In some states, such as Florida, it's due to laws preventing cannabis companies from hiring people with criminal histories. Even if you haven't been arrested in the past, if you're a frequent marijuana user, you're still at a higher risk to get into legal trouble which would then affect your employer as well.
Even in states where the laws are more lenient, companies still sometimes avoid hiring avid marijuana users. The industry is trying to move away from the stoner stereotype, and sometimes people who fit that mold are turned away because it could affect the perception of the business.
However, this does seem to be more of an issue during the job application stage. Once someone's actually employed by a cannabis company, the restrictions get looser. For instance, one study from Colorado found that 65 percent of cannabis employees had shown up to work high at least once in the past month, while 45 percent said they got high while working.
So if you're planning to get a job in the cannabis industry, maybe emphasize more of your work experience and less how many bong rips you did at your buddy Dave's party last weekend.