"Multi-state monopolies squeezing small growers"

US (PA): Layoffs at medical cannabis facility

A Johnstown medical cannabis grower said it is being squeezed out of the market by larger, multi-state corporations the state sought to avoid when the product was legalized in 2016 – and it’s now impacting jobs.

The issue is prompting Hanging Gardens and a handful of Pennsylvania-based “independent” growers to file a lawsuit against the state to force lawmakers to address the issue, Chief Financial Officer Shane Kenney said Monday.

On Monday, 50 of the Iron Street company’s approximately 110 workers were either given full or partial layoffs - including 30 full-time employees, he said.

“These layoffs come with a very heavy heart and are in no way a reflection of the wonderful employees who have devoted themselves to creating life-changing medicine for Pennsylvanians,” Kenney said in the company’s statement. “Hanging Gardens is not alone in this struggle; similar actions are being taken by the other independent grower/processors as a direct result of the lack of enforcement of the law by the Department of Health.”

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