I'm sorry but I feel the auto worker's Unions help start this mess in the 70s when 8th grade drop out pot smokers were making 18 bucks an hour dropping o-rings into the little hole. The wages of unskilled workers were propped up by then powerful Unions.
Anybody rember going by a GM parking lot around noon and watching the workers enjoying a liquid lunch and a doobie? How 'bout all those closets and unused rooms around GM that they found pot growing in.
Sorry for the mini-rant. I remeber growing up in the 70's and 80's making 3 bucks an hour while the "union" people were making 15, yet had no skill that I could observe that justified their wage.