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    Default Is the legal marijuana industry an opportunity for grassroots organized labor?

    Why not? Legalizing it is taking it out of the hands of the drug dealers so why not go further and take it to a completely new level of good paying jobs being protected by a union. Who knows, with all the problems involved on the federal level, maybe just somehow a union could offer some legal protections.

    Legal marijuana is here, and it's not going away. By early 2016, the states of Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska permitted the social use of cannabis, and 23 others protected the sale of medical marijuana. The Second Annual Cannabis Summit in Seattle in early January drew over 300 participants; the group included growers, retailers, academics and public officials, all of whom were committed to making legalization safe and efficient. In Colorado, The Washington Post predicted that revenue from marijuana sales in 2016 would top $1 billion. Given such support, there will undoubtedly be further positive legislation across the country.

    Cannabis production gives organized labor an opportunity to regain its influence in industrial relations. By mobilizing at the outset, unions can help to maintain decent jobs and assist employers with the project of legitimation now underway. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has committed substantial resources to organizing cannabis employees, but as with many other issues involving marijuana, the labor relations environment features both state and federal law, and federal law fails to provide a clear path to unionization.
    Is the legal marijuana industry an opportunity for grassroots organized labor? | TheHill

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    Default Labor unions see growth potential in California pot workers

    GOSHEN, CALIFORNIA — Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.

    The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal weed game, from planters to rollers to sellers. The move could provide a boost to organized labor's lagging membership — if infighting doesn't get in the way.

    The United Farm Workers, co-founded by iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez, says organizing an industry rooted in agriculture is a natural fit, and growers could label their products with the union's logo as a marketing strategy. "If you're a cannabis worker, the UFW wants to talk with you," national vice president Armando Elenes said.

    But United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents grocery store employees, meat packers and retail workers, registered its intent to organize cannabis workers across the country. "We would hope they respect our jurisdiction," UFCW spokesman Jeff Ferro said.

    Teamsters organizer Kristin Heidelbach said there's no need for unions to battle each other. There will be plenty of workers needing representation as small cannabis businesses run by "happy stoner" types give way to large pharmaceutical corporations, she said.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/labor-u...a-pot-workers/

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    Default Episode 169: Growing for the Future... marijuana

    https://teamster.org/news/2018/08/ep...growing-future

    EPISODE NOTES
    Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and learn how the union is organizing workers in the growing cannabis industry in California and across the country. Plus, remembering the Queen of Soul.
    SHOW NOTES
    Features audio clips from Kristin Heidelbach-Terramoto, director of the Teamsters’ Cannabis Division; Barry Broad, Teamsters’ legislative director and chief lobbyist in California; Ricardo Baca, cannabis industry journalist and founder of Grasslands public affairs agency; Ophelia Chong, founder of Stock Pot Images and leading California cannabis industry authority; Richard Rodriguez, distribution driver with RVR Distribution and Teamsters Local 853 member
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    Labor unions and the Cannabis Industry
    The Teamsters, in particular, have hit the ground running, which makes sense given the storied union’s colorful history and reputation for steely resolve in the face of federal pressure. One may wonder how older, more conservative labor leaders have reacted to efforts to organize this still-stigmatized, federally illegal industry, but Teamsters organizer Kristin Heidelbach waved it off, telling DOPE, “We have had good support throughout our organization; these are the guys who really perfected alcohol distribution, so they really understand the concept of moving a product that was once illegal and underground.

    ”According to Heidelbach, her union’s decision to dip the toe of its work boots into the cannabis industry came down to the workers themselves. The campaign initially took hold in California, where Heidelbach is based. In September 2010, Teamsters organized the country’s first group of unionized marijuana growers, following a May United Food & Commercial Workers campaign that saw the retail union add 100 new members from Oakland’s medical marijuana dispensaries. When recreational cannabis legislation — Proposition 64 — passed in the state’s legislature in November 2018, the union saw an opportunity to step in.
    “So, our concern as Teamsters was representing these people — not just from distribution, which is different in each state, but also the people transporting the product, the growers, the trimmers, the dispensary workers and the manufacturers,” she adds. “It was really about taking what was an underground, illicit market and helping them understand what kind of protection they could have in a legitimate business that’s operated above-ground. It’s all about education as well, because this is helping people understand what they can and can’t do to their workers.”
    https://teamster.org/sites/default/f...sunionskim.pdf
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    Legal weed in New Jersey put on hold.

    Legal weed won’t happen right now in N.J. Lawmakers call off big vote.
    Top state lawmakers have canceled a planned vote Monday on a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in New Jersey, saying they simply haven’t gathered enough support in the state Senate.
    Lawmakers are expected to schedule another vote sometime this year, perhaps as soon as May.
    Asked when a vote would ultimately be held, Sweeney said: “As soon as I have 21 votes for sure.”
    https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2019/03...-big-vote.html

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    Default Re: Organizing the Cannabis Industry

    Well the idea of organize them is good, but I doubt if it will go far. But maybe they can organize Walgreens.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/27/walg...me-stores.html

    I know in Oregon the pot stores are like $tarbuck$, one on every corner and across the street from each other.

    Oregon was legal before Washington and after WA legalize we would haul grow lights north like they were going out of style. I seem to recall one of the dock guys saying we had a pup at the light manufacture that was swapped out daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Legal weed in New Jersey put on hold.

    Legal weed won’t happen right now in N.J. Lawmakers call off big vote.

    https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2019/03...-big-vote.html
    With the vote called off for legalization of recreational marijuana, the state is pushing for an expansion of medical cannabis.

    N.J. must quadruple the number of medical weed growers to meet demand, lower price, state says
    New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana industry generated $53.4 million last year — nearly doubling the revenue from the previous year — but the state will need to add at least 18 growers and 44 more retailers to keep pace with the rapidly expanding demand, according to a report released Monday by the state Health Department.
    The latest report analyzing the nine-year-old program also found patients don’t often buy the full two-ounce maximum amount of cannabis the law allows because they can’t afford the cost. The state’s six dispensaries, or alternative treatment centers, also ration sales to stretch their limited supply of the plant.
    The report concludes the program does not consistently and reliably serve the 44,000 registered patients who count on cannabis to reduce pain, reduce muscle spasms and the frequency of seizures, encourage appetite and reduce their reliance on opioid drugs.
    https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2019/04...tate-says.html

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    https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019...tizenship.html

    Legal immigrants working in pot industry facing problems gaining US citizenship

    Colorado officials are warning legal immigrants that working in the state’s marijuana industry could jeopardize their legal status, after two people said they were denied U.S. citizenship because of their jobs.

    Although 10 states, including Oregon and Washington, broadly allow marijuana use and sale, federal law still bans it and immigration authorities say they are bound to follow that prohibition when reviewing citizenship applications.

    Attorneys representing the two legal immigrants from Colorado, and Denver officials, accused the Trump administration of quietly targeting immigrants seeking to work in the expanding field. Immigration advocates said Thursday they have seen others denied citizenship based on past or ongoing work in cannabis-related jobs, but it is not clear how many cases exist.
    I have a picture in my head of Jeff Sessions jumping up and down flapping his arms and crowing about pot in his squeaky voice. Guess the feds are still listing to him.
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    I was undecided if I should post this in the New Jersey thread, or here.
    Either way, times are changing. So does the enforcement end of the cannabis issues in this country.

    New Jersey stops training police dogs to sniff out weed
    New Jersey has halted training state police dogs to sniff out pot.
    Attorney General Gurbir Grewal told lawmakers Wednesday that a pending proposal to legalize recreational marijuana led police to stop training them to detect the odor of burnt cannabis.
    He says dogs already trained to detect the scent could be used in other settings where marijuana would be prohibited, such as jails and schools. He added that it's possible to train the dogs to detect marijuana in the future if needed, but it's impossible to "un-train" dogs who already recognize the odor. Grewal spoke at an Assembly budget hearing after a lawmaker asked how police dogs would be affected if recreational weed becomes legal.

    New Jersey would be the 11th state with recreational marijuana if a proposal goes forward.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...t-weed-n990856
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    NJ medical marijuana patients receive protections on the job.

    N.J. medical marijuana patients win huge protections from being fired for flunking a drug test
    New Jersey workers can’t be fired if they flunk a drug test because they are medical marijuana patients, a state appeals court has ruled.
    The case is likely to reverberate in workplaces for years to come because a state appeals court says medical marijuana patients — as long as they are not using the drug or under the influence at work — are protected by the state Law Against Discrimination.
    “There had been a general belief that since marijuana is illegal under federal law, employers would not have to accommodate its use by employees, even if they had a prescription for it and using it legally under state law,” Neuhauser said. “This appellate case very strongly came down in the opposite direction following the lead of other states confronted with the same issue.”
    If the decision is not appealed to the state Supreme Court and overturned, the Wild case adds some clarity to an otherwise murky area of employment law involving the legal use of cannabis. With a small number or exemptions, medical marijuana patients enjoy few workplace protections.
    https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2019/04...drug-test.html
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