Humboldt County Growers Alliance Hosting Workshop for Cannabis Businesses on Employment Law

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Growers Alliance:

Do you know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor? Do you have an Employee Manual? Are your employees covered by workman’s’ comp? Employment law is one of the areas that cannabis farmers are most vulnerable. Learn how to protect yourself and your business investment from employee claims for nonpayment of wages, workplace harassment, and discrimination with Lance Rogers, an attorney with GreenspoonMarder; and learn about employment structure, recruitment, and employee: rights, compensation, performance management, compensation, scheduling and exits with Human Resources expert Deanna Callahan of Root Essential.

The workshop is free and open to the public, held at the Historic Eagle House in Eureka from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Brought to you by the Humboldt County Growers Alliance and Dark Staffing Solutions.

To see the Facebook event page, click here.



  • Taurus Ballzhoff

    Here you go!

    “Cannabis Farmers”, when you abide by all current State and Federal and Local regulations, then and only then will you be able to call yourself “Businesspeople”.

    Respect the rights of folks who work for you! Pay your taxes like any employer. Comply with environmental law, water use regulations, building codes and health and safety!

    Employers everywhere are wondering if you can make a profit by doing what you do!

    The black market will probably always exist, but “slash and burn” and “trash and run”, will not contribute to the long run health of your industry!

    It is high time that Cannabis was grown and marketed as a legitimate commodity, in a well regulated market! Absolutely anyone can grow weed, but can they survive the lawful structure of legalization? Of business?

    You have the right to run the race between costs and profits, like any other business!

    • No, it’s not like any other business at all. Just for starters, lettuce doesn’t cost $1,000/lb.

    • I’ve worked many scenes. Was always very respected, was very well paid and am more grateful than I can express in words that I’ve been able to experience “the way it was”. Ripoff artists are a facet of all facets, whether or not the government is forcing both hands in the till. I’m willing to bet there are even a few crooked government employees out there, know what I’m sayin?

    • Look up the history of how the dairy cottage industry was hijacked when “regulation” happened. Ferndale was the epicenter. There are many parallels & no going back.

      • Along with most agricultural businesses meat production businesses and just about any other business that produces and needed commodity. You don’t see a lot of Little Farms anymore and the ones you do see are generally a conglomerate of a bigger Corporation. The snake poem jumps into my head every time I hear people that voted to legalize pot whining about regulations, you know the government is a goddamn snake, you really didn’t expect it to bite you?

  • Still going to be a lot of people paid cash under the table. Will be tough to root that out.

  • Preparing the way for the corporate takeover. Thank you so much! The term “useful idiots” comes to mind…

  • I have to laugh when people with an apparent lack of agricultural knowledge comment that lettuce doesn’t go for $1000 per pound. Great observation! How much does lettuce cost per pound once the water is removed and it is now dehydrated lettuce leaves? Now think….. just saying…

    • A lack of agricultural knowledge, eh? Want to guess what I do for a living? I get your point though. An elbow of dried lettuce still isn’t gonna cost a grand, not even to the wholistic herbalists.

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