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In this episode, we sit down with Justin Whittaker for the first part of an ongoing series of interviews where weâ€™ll be talking to workers on all sides of the marijuana industry?â€”?in states where that work is legal and in states where itâ€™s not. Justin is originally from the Midwest, but now he lives all the way up near Fairbanks, Alaska, where he works at an organic weed-growing operation. Alaska was the second state in the U.S. to decriminalize cannabis decades ago; inÂ 2014, it became the third state to legalize recreational use. Justin has seen different sides of the industry, in different states, both before and after legalization. We talk about his life and work, and we talk about the ways legalization has changed things in the marijuana industry for buyers, business owners, andÂ workers.
This blog originally appeared at In These Times on January 29, 2021. Reprinted with permission.
About the Author: Maximillian Alvarez is aÂ writer and editor based in Baltimore and the host of Working People,Â ?â€śa podcast by, for, and about the working class today.â€ť His work has been featured in venues like In These Times, The Nation, The Baffler, Current Affairs, and The NewÂ Republic.