Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said, lack of bank access and getting paid in cash makes industry workers vulnerable to robberies and "shady outfits like payday lenders and check cashing services that charge high fees and interest rates."
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) saiudadded, "It's the states that are leading on this issue, and the federal government has failed to respond. It has closed its eyes and plugged its ears and pretended and hoped the issue will just go away."
It's unclear if or when the bill will come up for a vote. Committee chairman Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Id.), the only Republican committee member to attend the hearing, didn'tcommit his support to the proposed legislation.
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This week's Careers Issue looks at some of the issues facing job seekers and hiring managers. We also asked WeedWeek Council Members for career advice.
WeedWeek Council is a new initiative to build a community of industry leaders, and share their insights with WeedWeek's audience.
What do you look for in new hires?
I'm mostly looking for drive, ambition, entrepreneurship and the ability to improvise and adjust. This is a swiftly moving space with lots of hurdles and shifting regulations. It is definitely not a 9-5 industry, and flexibility is key. I also look for someone who is hungry to learn and not afraid to make (and admit) mistakes. We are all learning as the landscape changes."
Jennifer Price, VP Communications, Mediajel
What are the most sought after skills right now?
"For C-Suite positions, an ability to raise capital appears to be a large priority for both private and public companies."
Colin Earl, CEO, Sisu Consulting
"The number one skill we're looking for is problem-solving."
James Eichner, CSO, Sana Packaging
What's your advice for job seekers?
Read up on as much as you can before an interview. Learn what's happening in your state and the current trends within the industry so you can speak intelligently about them.
Beth Graham, Principal, Reputation Cannabis
Do your due diligence on the employer. Make sure the company is adequately capitalized, talk to current and former employees to understand the culture and challenges, know who is invested in the company and understand the company's long term strategic goals.
George Jage, President, MJLink
"Job seekers should make sure that they're going to work for a LICENSED ENTITY both at the local and state level. Unpaid internships, paying you in weed, asking you to volunteer for a period of time, are all indications that you are about to accept employment at an unlicensed business."
"Understand this industry is not a vacation. you will likely work harder here, in this industry, than any job prior. the cannabis industry is an extreme sport."
Kenny Morrison, CEO, Plant Parenthood
Wired says the controversy at Oregon cannabis start-up Phylos Bioscience shows how "the science and technology of mainstream agriculture is about to revolutionize marijuana."
REC legalization is more popular than a national $15/hour minimum wage, banning semi-automatic assault rifles and free college tuition, according to a poll funded by NPR and PBS.
State governments are increasingly open to cannabis investments, even in states where marijuana isn't legal. Many of these funds hold billions of dollars under management. California's public employee pension fund alone (CalPERs) has $374 Billion under
California Senator and top-tier presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D) unveiled a bill which would decriminalize marijuana federally and create a 5% federal cannabis tax which would benefit, in part, equity programs and the individuals they're supposed to benefit.
Former andidate Joe Biden proposes reclassifying cannabis as a schedule II drug, which would enable medical research, but leave the decision on REC legalization to the states.
California regulators and growers met to work on a program to certify cannabis as "comparable to organic."
Separately, a California bill under consideration would strengthen the regulations for county appelations.
Mark Kleiman, R.I.P.
Mark Kleiman, an important thinker on drug and criminal justice policy, died at 68 of complications from a kidney transplant.
New York Times
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