So we sit here, breathlessly awaiting for Illinois to legalize recreational marijuana. In the meantime, it’s worth noting that there are already companies here in the cannabis space. They’re still getting it done. Furthermore, Illinois is emerging as one of the most popular places for cannabis firms. They are planting their roots, so to speak. This absolutely bodes well for the future of our state’s economy… So, want to know about jobs at the 3 hot Illinois cannabis companies now?
Why are these companies so “hot’?
Well, basically a few things. Longevity, jobs, market share, and investment. All three of the below firms have been in the cannabis space for years. They’ve positioned themselves to grow over the long term. Expect to see them as market leaders in the years to come.
GTI’s headquarters are located in Chicago. Crain’s Chicago Business profiled them as one of 2018’s best places to work in Chicago. GTI’s mission is to “provide safe, effective and therapeutic medical cannabis nationwide. We operate world class cultivation facilities and customer-first retail experiences.” Learn more about their career opportunities in Illinois and beyond here.
They are also located in Chicago. This company has 6 Illinois licenses, and serves nearly 80% of the Chicagoland market. PharmaCann was founded in 2014, and their purpose is to “provide safe, reliable, top-quality cannabis products to improve people’s lives.” They are licensed in eight states to grow, process and dispense medicinal cannabis products. Check out job openings, as well as the skills you need to qualify here at the bottom on the page.
Verano is another company headquartered in Chicago. They specialize in producing a wide range of artisan cannabis products. With several brands under their umbrella, Verano’s mission is to create products that improve lives and inspire brand loyalty. Learn more about employment opportunities here.
All of these companies have at least one very important thing in common. They have all either been acquired or they’ve secured significant investment dollars within the last few years. As a result, we can expect is to see more and more cannabis companies coming to Illinois. More and more startups will lay down their roots in the not-too-distant future in the Chicago area, or downstate, closer to St. Louis. Now that J.B. Pritzker is governor, who is known to be pro-pot, expect this trend to continue.