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Salaries Increase for Cannabis Industry Employees in 2020
“The cannabis industry emerged triumphant from 2020, entering 2021 with plenty of momentum.” That’s according to a 2021 Cannabis Salary Guide released by staffing agency, CannabizTeam, this May. The report found that management level jobs in the industry earned salary increases in 2020. The “salary increases were driven by a shortage of specialized workers with experience in the burgeoning sector,” reports MarketWatch. The guide also found that salaries for median level jobs and for budtenders and trimmers also increased.
Democrats Prioritize Federal Legalization Over Other Cannabis Bills
Multiple pro-cannabis bills in Congress — including the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act — may have to wait. But it may be well worth it as Senate Democrats prioritize federal legalization over more modest bills. In an interview with The Ringer, Sen. Chuck Schumer said, [….] According to Marijuana Moment, passing pro-cannabis banking measures might jeopardize […] passing more comprehensive reform. “The thinking is that Republicans and moderate Democrats who are on the fence about a bolder policy change might be less inclined to vote for it if they have an opportunity to pass a more modest bill like the [SAFE] Banking Act instead,” the publication reports. Americans may not have to wait long, Schumer also told The Ringer. He, along with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, and Cory Booker, D-NJ, “will be introducing our bill shortly, and it is not just legalization, but it deals with the injustices of the past […].”
Louisiana House Passes Cannabis Decriminalization Bill
Louisianans might soon be able to possess small amounts of weed without the risk of serious consequences, reports WAFB9. On Tuesday, May 11th, members of the state House passed HB 652. There were 67 in favor and 25 against the decriminalization bill. HB 562, according to the bill, reduces penalties for possession of 14 grams or less of cannabis to misdemeanor. Offenders would pay a fee of $100 instead of potential jail time. Now, the bill heads to the Louisiana Senate for a vote.