California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring at least one employee and manager of all licensed marijuana businesses to undergo job-related safety and health training, his office announced Sunday.
The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, sponsored by Rep. Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a Democrat from Los Angeles, specifically calls for:
- At least one supervisor and one employee to successfully complete a Cal/OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 30-hour industry course offered by an authorized training provider.
- Complete training within a year of the cannabis business receiving its license or having its license renewed.
He noted in a statement that industry employees “work with heavy machinery and are exposed to cannabis byproducts and chemicals in laboratories where testing is done on a daily basis. Workers must know how to be safe and how to report violations.”
Other organizations that supported the legislation include:
- California Labor Federation AFL-CIO
- California Police Chiefs Association
- California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
- United Cannabis Business Association