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Marijuana growers in California would be required to train employees about worker safety and sexual harassment under legislation headed for a hearing Tuesday.
Sponsored by the UFCW Western States Council, the cannabis workers protection bill would require marijuana business owners of all kinds to put at least one employee per year through a 30-hour training from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, introduced the bill in response to an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting that uncovered widespread sexual harassment and abuse of female workers in Californias marijuana-growing industry. Reveal found that migrant workers, known as trimmigrants, are particularly vulnerable to abuse.
The bill is currently before the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions.
The state course, available online, covers workers rights and standards in the workplace, including on violence, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and health and safety hazards. Its an education that many in the industry say growers and workers desperately need.
Not much has changed. The standards are crappy. We need to have some basic OSHA (occupational safety and health) training, like in any business, said Michelle Hood, director of the Redwood Womens Foundation, which hosts workshops on worker safety. Having someone trained to train other people is quality control. Youve got to have it.
Since Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana, Hood said she hasnt seen many changes in workplace safety and standards. Growers generally lack awareness of their requirements under the law, the result of years spent operating underground.
You havent been able to go down to the Small Business Administration to find out: How am I supposed to educate my employees? How am I supposed to keep them safe? said Brandie Wilson, a human rights commissioner in Humboldt County. There hasnt been a space where you can freely ask those questions about how to operate a legitimate business.
In addition to experiencing sexual harassment and abuse, many trimmers drink and do drugs on the job, prepare and eat food where they work, and regularly experience health and safety issues, from getting resin in their eyes to accidentally stabbing themselves or others with trimming scissors.
Regulators and lawmakers are in the process of forming licensing standards and regulations over the marijuana industry.
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