US (MI): Excitement of working in industry helps cannabis companies find workers

Jerome Crawford spent most of last year furloughing employees on a rotating basis in his role as senior corporation counsel at an automotive supplier as the auto industry shut down under stay-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"You're talking 14-hour days, every day," Crawford said. "It was roll out of bed and jump on the computer. That's all we did for a period of time. It was a total crisis."

But in November, he left his job to join the cannabis company Pleasantrees, which has a cultivation facility and dispensaries in Hamtramck and East Lansing, as the company's director of legal operations and social equity.

"I've been in the doom and gloom," he said. "With cannabis, there's upside. Sure, there's a risk. Maybe a company makes it and maybe it doesn't. But that's intriguing. You don't have that intrigue in far more established industries, and frequently in industries that have struggled in recent years."

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