The Cannabis Industry and Work-related Asthma and Allergies

  In January 2022, there were about 428,000 people working in the legal cannabis industry across the country.[1] Workers in the cannabis industry face potential workplace hazards, including exposure to: Bacteria, mold, and other fungi resulting from high humidity. Wet conditions and poor ventilation in work environments. Endotoxins (bacterial cell wall components released when certain bacteria disintegrate). Organic particulate matter and dust from the plants. This is more likely to occur if cannabis production and processing tasks are not properly controlled. Sensitization to proteins from cannabis plants may pose a risk for the development of allergic responses. The 2022 death