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What are the requirements for marijuana industry employees?

Most of the rules pertaining to employees in the marijuana industry are aimed at employers. However, it can help employees to understand these rules.

Knowing the ins and outs of the industry can be helpful if you are up against an employment law issue. According to the State of Michigan, most requirements for marijuana industry employees are in place to ensure the business maintains its license.

Basic requirements

A marijuana business cannot hire you if you are under the age of 21. This includes if you wish to work on a volunteer basis. You also cannot have any felony convictions related to controlled substance distribution to minors. Your employer should require a criminal background check before hiring you.

Additional rules to know

There are some rules your employer may put in place that come directly from the law pertaining to employee requirements. One such rule is that you cannot eat or drink anything in areas within the business where you sell, store, process or package marijuana.

It is also forbidden for you to work as a retailer, a cultivator, a transporter, or a laboratory worker at the same time. In other words, you can only work in one position within the industry.

It is essential to understand the rules of the marijuana industry. They often vary from other industries due to the nature of the work you will do and the products with which you work. If you break the rules, your employer will likely let you go because your violation of the rules could put the business’s license at risk.