As the Empire State’s legal adult-use cannabis market starts opening, a group providing training on the cannabis industry is trying to get as many New Yorkers as possible to consider a career in cannabis.
The New York State Cannabis Workforce Initiative – a partly state-funded collaborative effort of the nonprofit Workforce Development Institute and Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations – has trained about 250 people on the basics of the cannabis industry since the fall, said David Serrano, CWI’s project manager.
“I’m very grateful to live in a state where our elected officials see a need for this education and address it in a way that no other state has ever addressed cannabis and the workforce,” Serrano said. “This, to me, is the delivery of workforce equity for folks that are coming from impacted communities.”
Serrano, a service-disabled Navy veteran who’s worked in the legal cannabis industry across the country, said that he and other leaders of the joint project are connecting people with the educational and training resources they need to be successful in the legal cannabis market.
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