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Massachusetts marijuana worker died from ‘occupational asthma,’ report says

State and federal medical investigators identified work-related “occupational asthma” as the cause of the January 2022 death of a marijuana cultivation worker in Massachusetts.

The death – the first of its kind on record in the U.S. cannabis industry – “illustrates missed opportunities for prevention,” according to an analysis published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” for Nov. 17.


The CDC report “represents findings of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection, which included a worksite exposure assessment, coworker and next-of-kin interviews, medical record reviews, and collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”

The report does not identify the deceased worker or the cultivation employer, but the details match up with a January 2020 death at a Trulieve Cannabis facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Lorna McMurrey, 27, worked at Trulieve’s cultivation facility in Holyoke from May 2021 until

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