Marijuana Safety Manual Being Developed

WASHINGTON:  With just about six weeks left to the one-year anniversary of recreational cannabis in Washington, a new sign of the normalization of that industry has appeared.

Under the leadership of the labor union United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367, a group of industry experts are developing the first “Cannabis Industry Workplace Safety and Health” manual for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Tom Lauerman, a medical marijuana farmer in Vancouver, is part of the group writing the materials. With more than 20 years as a grower here and in California, Lauerman said he thinks it’s a great sign that the industry is maturing.

“If a state agency is coming to the cannabis community and asking us as an industry to do this, I think it’s a great sign that we’re becoming a legitimate industry in its eyes,” Lauerman said. “This is the first one of these that anybody has done, and it will be a model for all the other states, not just Washington.”