Well into the third year of the global pandemic, with record inflation and the uncertain outcomes of geopolitical issues roiling global markets, the cannabis industry has nevertheless continued upon a similar path as recent years. Public polling continues to show that the overwhelming majority of U.S. adults support the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational adult-use. Yet, legislative solutions are unlikely due to Congressional dysfunction and the shift in focus to the midterm elections. Although various efforts to legalize marijuana and end the cannabis industry’s inability to access the financial system have been introduced in Congress, nothing appears imminent. Additionally, employers around the country are being squeezed by the competing pressures of increasing legalization, availability of cannabis, and increased protections for the employees who use it.
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