After a two-year hiatus, the Western Growers Board of Directors resumed its annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. last week. Over the course of three days, the delegation of board members and future volunteer leaders met with nearly two dozen congressional representatives and administration officials to elevate the needs of Western fresh produce growers.

The following major policy priorities were discussed:

Cory Lunde

AB 2188 – a statute prohibiting discrimination based on off-duty cannabis use - was signed into law on September 19, 2022. As of January 1, 2024 it will be unlawful, with certain exceptions, for an employer to employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person,  based upon the person’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace.

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