Category Archives: Employment Law

Working in Weed: Labor and Employment Issues in the Cannabis Industry

This post by Daniel Shortt originally appeared on Canna Law Blog. 

Working in Weed - SLEJ PosterOn April 26, 2016, I moderated a panel discussion at the University of Washington School of Law called “Working in Weed.” The discussion focused on employment and labor issues in the cannabis industry. The panelists were as follows:

  • Robert McVay of the Canna Law Group
  • Lea Vaughn, Professor of Law at UW, with an expertise in labor and employment
  • Ronald Hooks, Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Sam Mendez, Director of the UW Cannabis Law and Policy Project.

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Cannabis Industry Labor Laws

This post  was originally written by Daniel Shortt for Canna Law Blog


Marijuana industry workers face a unique legal landscape due to the interplay of federal and state law. Several states allow for medical use of marijuana and Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Federal law has not followed suit and it still prohibits marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. This dichotomy of laws creates ambiguity when it comes to how federal law applies to marijuana businesses in a whole host of legal areas, including labor and employment law.

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