During the July 31 Democratic presidential debate, candidate Andrew Yang doubled down on his concerns about the effect of automation on American jobs.
Those same concerns are spreading in the cannabis industry.
Some experts and consumers are eyeing automation’s impact on the plant and the cultivation process.
A sharp change has occurred in a short period of time, said Chelsey Moter, the founder and CEO of the cannabis growth marketing company Cannack.
“I remember when I first went to MJBizCon two years ago and saw this nice family-owned business who made trimming scissors to make manual labor more productive. Then last year, I see industrial-scale trimming machines that completely eliminate the need of a physical human,” she said.
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Moter also acknowledged the reasons for going with an automated process, including cost effectiveness.
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