Fledgling Marijuana Industry Pressing Through Labor Pains

ARIZONA:  The developing national marijuana industry is still sifting through labor disputes long since settled in other lines of work.

Employees have found that no line of work is quite like marijuana – and not always in a good way. Most bosses must pay their workers in cash, hampered by federal laws that prevent many employers from opening bank accounts. For the vast majority, direct deposit is a pipe dream, health insurance a luxury, a matching 401(k) a foreign concept.

“The marijuana industry is actually being treated worse than prostitution rings and gambling organizations, which is ridiculous,” said Kim Houser, a professor of business law at Washington State University, where she studies the marijuana industry.

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  1. […] The marijuana industry is poised to expand quickly. Legal sales in Colorado of medical and recreational cannabis totaled about $700 million in 2014, the first full year for which statistics are available, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Colorado tax data. The number of active licenses to grow the plant for retail consumption shot up to 397 from 204, according to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. […]

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