Cresco Labs to increase workforce amid coronavirus pandemic 

14 April 2020 (Last Updated April 14th, 2020 14:32)

Vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators Cresco Labs has decided to increase its workforce amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Cresco Labs to increase workforce amid coronavirus pandemic 
Cresco Labs is a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator in the US. CREDIT: Don Goofy

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Vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators Cresco Labs has decided to increase its workforce amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The company will recruit individuals for full-time retail positions at its Sunnyside dispensaries throughout Illinois. This hiring drive will position the company to provide patients and customers in its communities with cannabis products.

Specifically, the company is focused on employing individuals from local industries who have been affected by the outbreak, including workers from the hospitality and restaurant service sector.

The company is currently offering its existing workforce with benefits such as an essential pay programme and additional support. It is intended for those working in cultivation centres, distribution facilities and dispensaries.

Cresco Labs CEO and co-founder Charlie Bachtell said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the daily lives and disrupted the livelihoods of everyone in this country, with some communities, groups and individuals impacted more than others.

‘’As the states in which we operate have acknowledged cannabis as an ‘essential’ industry, we understand Cresco’s responsibility to continue operations, to be stewards of this industry and to be leaders in our communities.

“Cresco has a culture that focuses on, and prioritises, the needs of all stakeholders – we are committed to doing our part to maximise our impact and help those most affected by these unfortunate circumstances.”

The company is also delivering lunches every day to retail and manufacturing staff in collaboration with more than 90 local restaurants across eight states where it operates.

Headquartered in Chicago, Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the US.

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