San Diego Awaits Cannabis Jobs Boom

With more than three dozen marijuana businesses now licensed and counting, many in San Diego are anticipating a jobs boom.

“In San Diego, we have 40 marijuana facilities that have been licensed and we have 22 conditional use permits granted for retailers, but not all of those are open at this point,” Dallin Young of the Association of Cannabis Professionals told NBC 7. "Once they open, we’re looking at 1,000 or 2,000 new jobs.”

Those positions can range from $15 an hour to six figures a year. They include dispensary clerks, deliverymen and distributors, security guards, even chemists.

There are about 200,000 to 300,000 jobs open in the cannabis field nationwide, according to estimates from job search site Zip Recruiter. As legalization spreads, the need for cannabis professionals is only expected to grow.