A Bunch of Facts about the Legal Weed Industry We Didn’t Know Before Now

A Bunch of Facts about the Legal Weed Industry We Didn’t Know Before Now

Lester Black | Aug 2, 2017

It turns out smoking trees is more profitable than cutting them down. The first government report on employment in our state’s legal weed economy found that more than twice as many people work in the legal pot industry than work in the lumber industry.

The report, conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP), found that more than 10,000 people were employed by legal weed businesses in 2016, and legal pot businesses paid almost $300 million in wages during the industry’s first two and a half years. In contrast, the state’s lumber industry only employed an average of 3,800 people during 2016, according to the state Employment Security Department’s estimates.

A Bunch of Facts about the Legal Weed Industry We Didn’t Know Before Now






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