Cannabis Industry Could Be The Next Great Middle-Class Job Creator – Forbes

Unlike other industries that were badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession, hiring in the legal cannabis industry has been booming. Experts attribute the industry’s designation as “essential” at the start of the outbreak as a key reason for the surge. However, challenges still mount. For instance, the industry may be growing exponentially, it is fragmented thanks to the federal illegality. Currently, 36 states (and D.C.) have legal medical marijuana markets while 15 (plus D.C.) permit adult-use. And, even though prominent unions, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union count tens of thousands of cannabis workers among its ranks, no employee protection guidelines exist other than what’s required by law, said David Belsky, CEO and founder of FlowerHire, an executive-level staffing agency for the cannabis industry.

Belsky, who holds an undergraduate degree in industrial and labor relations

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