Medical cannabis firm expands and swaps minimum wage for starting salaries

A Sunderland firm that claims to be among the first in the UK to produce medical cannabis is expanding into new headquarters and boosting the pay of some staff.
Curaleaf Laboratories is set to move into new premises on Wessington Way and introduce a £25,000 minimum starting salary for those workers previously earning minimum wage. The 187-strong business, which was born out of pharmaceutical ‘specials’ maker Rokshaw Laboratories, says it hopes the move will encourage similar sized companies to follow suit.
The £19m turnover firm became part of US-based Curaleaf’s European business in 2019, joining its strategy to b …