Workplace injuries in the cannabis industry

The legal cannabis industry is thriving and still in continuous flux. Currently, more than half the states in the U.S. have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational use. States are bringing in millions of dollars worth of revenue from legal cannabis sales and it’s expected to continue to grow.

The annual cannabis jobs report released by Leafy, a cannabis industry information organization, found that there are 243,700 jobs supported by legal cannabis as of January 2020. Although the future for this industry looks bright, there’s still plenty of growing pains. 

The cannabis industry faces the same safety challenges as commercial greenhouse facilities. Like commercial greenhouses, workers are routinely exposed to biological, chemical and physical hazards. However, there are no formal regulations that cater specifically to the cannabis industry. As this industry continues to grow, providing proper training and safe working environments is vital for creating a successful cannabis business.


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