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US (MI): Cannabis industry employees say they’re being left behind

For many, the "green rush" of Michigan's blooming cannabis industry seemed like an exciting new career opportunity.

That was true for one woman who says she left a corporate job in 2019 to work as a trimmer with dreams of learning the basics and one day owning her own company.

"When I started, I was full of hope," she says.

But she soon found out that working in Michigan's cannabis industry wasn't all it was cracked up to be. She requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation, so we'll call her Mary.

Eventually, she found work for a company that sends workers to grow operations across the state to harvest cannabis. For Mary, who lives in the Detroit area, that meant waking up as early as 6 a.m. to drive two hours one way and work shifts that could be as long as 10 hours. When she got home, she would plan her next day.


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