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Workplace Violations Found in Marijuana Sector

Aug. 27, 2015, 4:00 AM

As the marijuana industry slowly goes mainstream, labor activists are finding evidence of dangerous work practices that have remained in the shadows for years.

Because growers, processors and sellers in states where marijuana is now legal have operated outside the law for so long, they have learned to ignore federal and state regulations, said Sharon Ness, a lobbyist for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367 of Tacoma, Wash.

But now these employers could find themselves in violation of a wide range of worker safety rules governing such topics as farm equipment, field sanitation, training, ventilation, occupational noise and ...