Your Career in Cannabis Starts Here. 


We provide inclusive workforce development and legal education to promote equity in New York’s growing cannabis industry.

CWI in Action

What is CWI?

The mission of the New York State Cannabis Workforce Initiative (CWI) is to promote and support social equity in the adult-use cannabis market by providing quality workforce development and legal education. Our work prioritizes diversity, equity, and quality jobs in the emerging cannabis industry through skills training, entrepreneurism services, workforce supports, legal education for employees and employers, and the development of high-road career pathways. We draw our expertise from Cornell ILR and WDI.

CWI’s programming is made possible by funding allocated in the New York State Budget.

CWI Training and Impact

New Yorkers in attendance across our real-time trainings (in person and live online).
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Active learners have completed at least one self-paced training on our site.
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New Yorkers have earned our 15-hour Cannabis Career Exploration and Worker Rights Certificate.
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Read and download free legal explainers, educational posters, career guides and more. These resources are tailored to the job seekers and employers in the NYS Adult-Use Cannabis Industry.


Upcoming Events

CWI engages with educational institutions and community organizations to provide free training and educational resources all over New York State. Check out some public events you can find us at below!


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