Michigan considers allowing people under 21 years of age to work in the cannabis industry

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The state may relax the rules on cannabis employment as the plant gains acceptance

While it is true that people over the age of 18 are already eligible to work, there are some exceptions when it comes to the cannabis industry. Still, Michigan appears to be rethinking that policy, which is why the state House Regulatory Reform Committee held a testimony hearing two days ago to discuss the issue. People at least 18 years old could soon be sending their resumes to companies in the Great Lakes State’s marijuana industry.

According to current law, employees of adult-use cultivation facilities and dispensaries must be at least 21 years old. However, like any other law, reforms can be made, and that is exactly what State Representative Kevin Coleman is looking to do.

During his testimony, the lawmaker said, “People have to be 21 to work in cannabis, and that doesn’t matter if it’s on the science aspect, cultivation, marketing, sales, so House Bill 6061 is simple, what it does is it would lower the age from 21 to 18.” Coleman uses the shortage of workers in the cannabis sector to further boost his arguments for change.

Coleman is clear that there are young people today who are in college programs or trying to start their careers, and he doesn’t see why the marijuana market is a bad idea. “We want to give young people the opportunity to learn on the job,” he added.

Some of the committee members seem to have some concerns, especially when it comes to the consumption of the plant. Many believe that if young people start getting involved with cannabis at that age, they will want to start using it as well.

Yet Micah M. Siegal, who testified on behalf of a Lansing-based marijuana retailer, Pure Options, argued that the risk is low. “Our products are extraordinarily regulated, and the transactions we engage in are always on camera. Because of this regulatory oversight, the risk of diversion of the product to minors is minimal,” Siegal said.