Monterey County Casts Skepticism on Background Checks for Cannabis Employees

Monterey County may drop the idea of requiring background checks and fingerprinting for cannabis industry employees amid concerns that it would discourage immigrants and those with past convictions from participating in the industry. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to revise the county code so that only persons with a 20%+ financial stake in a cannabis business must undergo a criminal background check.

Industry officials argued that mandatory checks on employees undermine social equity and can result in a shortage of workers. But Deputy District Attorney David Rabow and Undersheriff John Mineau said the vetting is vital to prevent crime and ensure businesses are only hiring qualified people.

The change will come back before supervisors for a final decision.

Read more about Tuesday’s vote here