“I hope we don’t have a race to the bottom in our industry where we’re going to rely on exploitation of our workers.”
Rising tensions highlight the problems with the agriculture industry’s reliance on a mostly undocumented workforce.
Because H-2A is a federal system and marijuana remains illegal under federal law, foreign labor remains off-limits for weed growers. Yet Allen said one of his biggest fears is that grow-op workers will eventually be treated as poorly as imported H-2A laborers. He joked about “huge, huge headaches” that come with offering employees perks like yoga breaks, but said it was usually worth it at the end of the day.
Noun: "(US, slang) a migrant worker who comes into an area to find a job harvesting marijuana"