Cannabis jobs grew 4% in Oregon in 2020, a rough year for employment generally but a landmark year for the industry as it topped $1 billion in sales for the first time.

Still, other states moved past Oregon on the cannabis employment leaderboard as legalization spread, bigger-population markets matured, and the state’s potentially huge industry remained hemmed in by federal prohibition.

The latest Leafly Jobs Report put Oregon cannabis employment at 17,981 in 2020, up from a revised 17,294 in 2019.

That puts Oregon seventh in the nation in cannabis employment, down from fourth in 2019. The three states that climbed past Oregon: Florida, where a medical-only market continued to expand rapidly; Arizona, which added adult-use to an existing medical program; and Michigan, where adult-use sales began in December 2019.

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