Cannabis Businesses Say Their Workers Should Be Next in Line for COVID-19 Vaccines

Two dozen California cannabis companies are urging the state to prioritize their employees for COVID-19 vaccines.

Cannabis companies were deemed essential services at the start of the pandemic. That has put employees like dispensary clerks on par with grocers — frontline workers whose risk of exposure is much greater than the average individual. Like growers, they want to be included in Phase 1B.

Twenty-four cannabis companies have signed a letter to the California Department of Public Health. It reads in part:

Over the course of the last nine months, industry workers have been providing essential medicine to thousands of Californians every day,” the coalition of more than 20 cannabis firms wrote in a letter to the California Department of Public Health’s Community Vaccine Advisory Committee. “Despite numerous health and safety measure instituted at great expense by employers, this work has been done with inherent risk.

As the state and local health departments determine who should be next in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, we implore decision makers to include the cannabis essential workforce under Phase 1B, Tier One of the rollout. Clarifying that this includes cannabis workers would assure our patients and staff that they are being protected.

Read the entire letter at Marijuana Moment.



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