Column: Should cannabis workers get COVID vaccine before teachers? They are in California


The pandemic has blurred the lines of what and who is deemed essential in addition with vaccine shortages and vaccine sites closing, the pot has yet again been stirred. For example, many of the most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles are struggling to receive their first vaccine dose as challenges keep arising. The California Department of Health, stated those working at retail cannabis shops are to be treated as healthcare workers since they are providing “medicine”. These retail cannabis workers are being included in Phase 1A, which is underway right now. Others in the cannabis industry-those in growing, production, storage, transportation and distribution-got bumped up to Phase 1B, Tier1. Phase 1B, Tier 1 is the same group which includes food and agriculture workers, law enforcement, and teachers.

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