As part of California’s Phase 1a and Phase 1b vaccine distribution tiers, cannabis workers in the state are eligible to get the vaccine.

According to an announcement from the Department of Public Health, medical cannabis industry employees are included in the 1a tier, while adult-use industry employees are included under 1b.

The announcement was issued in the February 4th guidance from the department.
“Medical cannabis workers should be accommodated as necessary in Phase 1b, Tier 1, by nature of their designations in eligible essential workforce classifications,” read the California Department of Health, Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guidelines, Feb. 4, 2021.

The state guidelines stipulate that only people who sell cannabis in medical dispensaries can be treated as prioritized healthcare workers

Including in the 1b tier are education and childcare workers, emergency services, and food and agriculture employees.

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