For the past decade, the use of marijuana and cannabis products has become more acceptable and legalized in states across the country. Various states have taken steps to decriminalize it, permit its use for medical purposes and even legalize it for recreational purposes. This, along with significant demand, has created a very large industry. There are many cannabis-related factors that need to be considered as the cannabis industry continues to grow.
Inclusion of Cannabis Co-Op
As the industry is growing, enthusiasts and new companies are entering the space to produce and sell easy to grow cannabis and derivative products. This is then leading to big swings in costs, product quality, and even types of products produced. To help with this, some cities are forming co-ops. A cannabis co-op will help each business in the industry share some risk while establishing standards for quality. This can also help them purchase and share in bulk, which could drive down the cost of the product to the end-user. Ultimately, these programs will help both the business and the consumers.
Another important factor to consider when it comes to the advancement of cannabis is equity. As the business and industry are continuing to advance, it is important that all people from different backgrounds have the capacity to build successful businesses in all aspects of the business. Several cities across the country are developing programs that are intended to ensure there is social equity in the industry. This is being done by offering licenses, loans, and grants that can be used to start and grow a company in this industry.
One of the largest concerns that people had about the legalization of cannabis is what the culture would end up being like. There was concern that it would be associated with the party culture, which in many cases is very far from the truth. It is important that the industry develop a culture for the use of the product that is healthy and is not correlated with illegal drugs. Thus far, the continued culture of the use of marijuana has been connected with medicinal purposes and forming a calm and accepting community. The culture should also focus on protecting employees. Companies need to ensure their team has a safe work environment, earns a livable wage, and receive appropriate benefits.
As the cannabis industry is growing, there will always be a need for more employees in the space. While cities are doing what they can to improve social equity in the space, employers also need to ensure that they are improving equality when they are building out their teams. A quality cannabis equality program should focus on having a diverse group of employees at all levels of the company.
The use of cannabis diversity is also something that needs to be considered. Overall, the term cannabis is a broad term that many people incorrectly use interchangeably. In reality, there are many strains and forms of cannabis. Further, these products can also be altered before the end-user consumes them. It continues to be beneficial to the industry to study and produce a diverse set of products, but it is also important that these products are properly tested and that consumers are aware of how each product can provide a different potency.
The use of marijuana products and cannabis is going to continue to grow in the future. As more and more states legalize the use in the future, there will be more companies that can participate in the industry. As the industry continues to grow and develop, taking these factors into consideration will help ensure that the industry is inclusive, prices are fair and products are safe and of the highest quality.