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Change in California's vaccine allocation guidelines prioritizes marijuana industry workers over teachers

Marijuana in a jar.
Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 17:36:37-05

A change in California's vaccine allocation guidelines is stirring controversy.

Not your traditional medical front-line workers, but medical marijuana industry workers are now eligible for tier 1-a, which means they can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine before school teachers and many other essential workers.

This comes as the California Teacher's Association is releasing new ads calling for vaccines for all educators.

Teachers are currently in phase 1-b of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution list.

The United Cannabis Business Association advocated for the change. And the state advanced them to tier 1-a, with other health care workers.

It says cannabis workers are providing medicine and should be prioritized.

One cannabis store owner in San Francisco says he understands the frustration. But he knows his staff has been at work during the pandemic and deserves protection.

According to California state guidelines, only those workers who sell cannabis at medical dispensaries qualify for the vaccine in tier 1-a.