We’re dealing with an ever-expanding labor market that is seeing huge increases in minimum wage for the first time in generations.
Although this has inadvertently made our problems with inflation worse in the short term, I hope it will improve the labor conditions for all workers moving forward into the long term future.
On one hand, it has forced employers to offer more competitive wages and to give employees a reason to stay with their company. I wasn’t happy with the last job I had so I looked around and found a position with the highest pay, best benefits, and most understanding management. My closest friend is a grower in the medical marijuana industry in our state. He said that the best companies are willing to pay top dollar for the most skilled marijuana growers in the area. Some of them get scooped from competing companies with promises of better pay and an improved employee atmosphere. It would make sense to me that the better cannabis growers would prefer to work for the best cannabis dispensaries in the state, thus leaving only the lesser experienced growers to staff the lower quality cannabis dispensaries. The marijuana at one of my favorite weed dispensaries diminished considerably in quality and effectis after they lost their master grower to their competitor. I read some rumors that the workplace environment had become so toxic that hordes of other people left at exactly the same time. Now they’re growing cannabis for a company that I was never a huge fan of, but who knows it’s possible that their products will improve with new talent.