Marijuana Industry Grows by 913% in 4 Years

The number of Rogue Valley crop farming jobs have grown by almost 1000% since 2014. That also happens to be the year recreational marijuana was legalized.

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 6:05 PM
Updated: Feb. 27, 2018 6:05 PM

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out for you, this is newswatc one thousand percent since 20-14. good evening and thanks for staying with us, i'm ashley hall. and i'm brian morton. that also happens to be the year recreational marijuana was legalized. newswatch 12's sionan advocates tell me recreational marijuana is a leading industry here in southern oregon. but like all new things, the shine will wear off and growers have to adjust their businesses to stay in the game." brent kenyon says, "we're going to see a lot of up and down over the next 5 to 10 years. this is a brand new industry and it's a lot like the end of prohibition for alcohol where were saying jobs are going to spike and go down and everything's going to go up and down including prices so we'll see how the market works itself out." looking at summer employment alone, the rogue valley had about 70 payroll jobs in the crop farming industry in 20-13. "it's not a surprise to me at all that a lot of these folks are able to get a legal job in this industry and are seeking out those legal jobs." the oregon department of employment says one of the biggest changes with legalized marijuana is unemployment insurance. now that employers can put their workers on a legal payroll system, state employment numbers are up.. brent says, "we had a lot of employees on the medical side that were never tracked so i think a lot of those numbers have been here for quite a while but now we're seeing them on a state registry and they're getting these official card so we're going to see these folks come out into the light." kenyon estimates another significant jump in jobs with the marijuana industry.. he says there are thousands of licenses waiting for approval with the o-l-c-c. sionan says, "to learn more about how oregon is paying out $85 million dollars in pot tax revenue, we have that information on our website kdrv.com." [a11]weed and job growth-tag the oregon liquor control you'll remember attorney general jeff sessions is looking to change the rules in the legal marijuana business. head to our website to see why oregon and california could be targeted for increased enforcement.
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