Legal Marijuana Jobs And Revenue Lost In Pot Dispensary Crackdown
rnThe federal Department of Justice’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in California has meant the loss of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenuernrn
An estimated 2,500 people statewide have lost their jobs since late September, when California’s four U.S. attorneys sent letters that threatened jail sentences for dispensary owners and the possible seizure of buildings that house the pot clubs, said Dan Rush, director of the United Food and Commercial Workers’ national medical cannabis division. The union began organizing medical marijuana workers in May 2010. Of those jobs, which union officials say include people who are directly employed by marijuana dispensaries as well as those with indirect ties to the industry, about 50 have been lost in San Francisco and dozens more around the Bay Area.