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Letter: Corporate marijuana layoffs

Ali Stillman
Glenwood Springs

Corporate marijuana layoffs

Almost 50 local jobs have been lost due to a recent sale of one local marijuana dispensary to a larger business owner and the buyer’s subsequent decision to replace the hard-working people that helped build the company from the ground up.

I understand that a business may do what it wants when it takes over ownership, but I cannot help feeling deceived and cheated. Before the sale was final, (almost) every employee was told his or her job was safe. Upon finalization of the sale, everyone was terminated on the spot while (very few) others, like myself, were told we were to show up five days later for work.

Imagine my surprise when I received a phone call the day before I was to report telling me “there is no position for you, as we already have too many employees in the company.” Where did these employees come from? Did the buyer relocate them to Glenwood Springs? And if so, why did almost 50 locals needlessly lose their jobs to outsiders without any chance to defend them?

The only opportunity I was given to represent myself was a 5-minute interview with two young men, one of whom was on his cell phone for 80 percent of the conversation. I was insulted and undervalued, perceived as a dispensible worker bee with no connections to the company or the location or regard to my history in the organization. I found it incredibly unprofessional and impertinent. This may be business as usual to some, but for many of us, it was a rude awakening to the infiltration of corporate America into the marijuana industry. Ladies and gentlemen, it has begun.


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