Over recent months, the introduction of a new legislature regulating cannabis policy in California reflects an essential need for more legally licensed businesses in the state. Estimated to report over $3 Billion in sales for 2019, consumer demand is indisputable. California is home to the largest cannabis market in the nation and the world. Growing health concerns over the vaping crisis widely reported in the media of late reportedly linked to illegally procured products has spurred action from policymakers. These new developments are intended to encourage cannabis entrepreneurs and local municipalities to participate in the legal market.
On September 20, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that employers in the cannabis industry must pay their workers overtime in compliance with federal labor laws. This decision is remarkable given that marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.