Two roads for cannabis retail workers under broader legalization
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|Low road||High road|
|Dispensaries adopt typical retail compensation practices, with low pay and few benefits.||Cannabis dispensaries are compelled to provide decent wages and benefits because either or all of the following occur: strong job quality licensing rules are implemented, policymakers enact broad reform of labor standards, or–most easily–policies such as LPAs safeguard union organizing rights.|
|Cannabis workers are subjected to irregular and unpredictable work schedules, leading to unstable incomes, higher mental stress, and work-life conflict.||Unions ensure that cannabis retailers follow fair scheduling practices and promote full-time work.|
|Employers rely on increased labor supply from decriminalization and declining cannabis stigma to keep wages low and tolerate high turnover.||Union-based training and certification programs help develop knowledgeable sales staff and ensure compliance with dispensary safety regulations.|
|Cannabis retail workers in the high-road scenario would, on average, make an estimated $2,810 more in annual wages than under the low-road scenario.|