A new House bill recently introduced by Representative Kevin Coleman (D) will allow individuals as young as 18 years old to work in the cannabis industry. Currently people must be at least 21 years of age or older to work in the cannabis industry regardless of the type of establishment.
HB 6061, if passed, will allow a person who is 18 years or older to manufacture, purchase, distribute, and sell cannabis and cannabis accessories if the person is an agent acting on behalf of a cannabis establishment. HB 6061 was referred to The Michigan House of Representatives Regulatory Reform Committee which heard testimony earlier this month regarding the current shortage of workers in the cannabis industry as well as concerns about the risk of people under the age of 21 potentially using cannabis if they are permitted to work in cannabis establishments. At this time, no committee action has been taken.
Chelsea Lenard is an associate attorney at Grewal Law PLLC. Her practice focuses primarily on personal injury, cannabis law, family law, criminal law, and employment law.