California Clears Up Confusion Over Marijuana Industry Coronavirus Vaccine Eligibility

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California has finally clarified that cannabis industry workers are generally eligible for the first round of coronavirus vaccines—a development that comes weeks after state officials deflected questions from Marijuana Moment about the policy. At the same time, San Diego County is moving in the opposite direction, relegating cannabis employees to a lower vaccine distribution tier than was previously announced locally. But statewide, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said in updated guidance on Thursday that retail marijuana workers are included in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, meaning they can qualify as essential health care employees. While the state said this applies to “medicinal cannabis” workers, many dispensaries in California serve both patients and adult-use consumers. The updated notice also clarifies that marijuana industry employees who work in cultivation, production, storage, transportation and distribution are included in the first phase second-highest tier, Phase 1B. That stage of the rollout is also currently underway in some counties throughout the state. “Medical cannabis workers should be accommodated as necessary…by nature of their designations in eligible essential workforce classifications,” CDPH said. The United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA), which sent a letter to the Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) vaccine advisory committee last month imploring them to prioritize marijuana workers, celebrated the development. “We wish to thank Governor Newsom for his continued commitment in support of Essential Cannabis Workers,” the group said. CA Cannabis Workers Eligible for Phase 1A Vaccine Allocation. #cannabis #covid19 #vaccine https://t.co/n6fvnjR2Ii pic.twitter.com/cjd6FLhPcF — United Cannabis Business Association (@UCBA_Network) February 5, 2021 A separate coalition of marijuana businesses also asked California policymakers to specifically include cannabis workers in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in a letter last month. But for the first weeks of the vaccine rollout, there was confusion within the industry about eligibility requirements, with no…

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