Marijuana

Greener pastures: Marijuana jobs are becoming a refuge for retail and restaurant workers

Workers trim cannibis plants that are close to harvest in a grow room at the Greenleaf Medical Cannabis facility in Richmond, Va., Thursday, June 17, 2021. The date for legalizing marijuana possession is drawing near in Virginia, and advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what becomes legal in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities - deemed "essential" by many states at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis - became an early refuge for retail and restaurant workers who had been furloughed or laid off.

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