Next battleground for unions: Marijuana
Surprisingly, some business owners welcome organizing efforts by employees.
The multibillion-dollar marijuana industry has become a hotbed of union organizing.
According to Reuters, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the largest retail union, has been bombarded with requests from dispensary workers to join since the election. "I can't keep up," Dan Rush, who heads the union's cannabis division, tells the news service.
The stakes couldn't be higher. As CNBC recently pointed out, estimates of the size of the burgeoning marijuana industry range from $10 billion to $120 billion.
The pro-marijuana group NORML calls pot the third-most-popular recreational drug in the U.S., ranking behind alcohol and tobacco. Nearly 100 million people have admitted to partaking. Not surprisingly, union organizers are interested in the industry, which according to one estimate could employ 100,000 people in California alone.
The union's cannabis unit says it uses traditional organizing tactics to bring fair wages and benefits to an industry that "has been operating in the shadows."
Voters in Colorado and Washington decided last year to end all criminal and civil penalties for cannabis use by adults. Eighteen states since 1996 have permitted the medically authorized use of marijuana.
Surprisingly, some dispensary operators are backing the unionization efforts because they see competitors breaking labor laws and ducking taxes, according to Reuters. But other dispensary owners, like those in many other industries, remain leery of unions.
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" But other dispensary owners, like those in many other industries, remain leery of unions"
Gee, I wonder why, bahahaaaha, because unions will completely destroy any hope of a successful business.
this whole thing is like a freight train with no breaks. strap in an enjoy the ride.
The great thing is that the country is on the right track.
We need to create this industry for the good of our people and our future generations.
Hemp is grown commercially in Canada for it's industrial uses, and is a very hardy crop that will grow in conditions others will not, not to mention is quite profitable even when not used in a recreational context. Medicinal uses have great potential as it has been found useful against many afflictions including but not limited to asthma, IBD, migraine, Parkinson's, epilepsy, and BTW has no evidence as a contributing factor to lung cancer. Considering how many Physicians who prescribe MJ bound by the Hippocratic oath in decriminalized states, it must not be too terrible when providers stand to profit much more prescribing "popular" manufactured drugs that pay kickbacks. No one has Ever died from an OD either, and it is not physically addictive.
Unions were good for the workers in 1920-1940.
Today, they are useless, parasites.
A Tool for politicians to pull out of their bag of tricks election day.
no one should get auto raises, increases in pensions , life long medical, all the freebies on taxpayers dime and NEVER have it tied to performance.
The Teachers union are the worst too.
They SUCK and are USELESS
America should be a right to work country !
F --- the Unions and their thugs
Why do we constantly look to government for an okay to live our lives - then the heavy hand of unions - then state and local governments - when all you have to do is grow a little for private use. Wouldn't someone with a brain do that? Embracing responsible personal liberty - what a bizarre concept.
But that would mean a raise and more money going to their never ending pensions ?
We will end up with a generation sitting on a grubby couch in a grubby federal housing plantation. His only spoken words in years oh wow ??
ps: He votes Democratic and is given a yearly public bus ride to the voting booths.
I guess ultimately He will be receiving free Marijuana from his government. It keeps him beholding to his" looking out for him" progressive brown shirts. (previously known as the Police Dept)
Feigned high principals of the attack for health reasons on cigarettes. When marijuana is being sucked into the lungs of the sixty's generation now on medicare and social security. Perhaps this is a way for their beloved progressive socialist government to kill them all off and save money.
Bring in the unions and watch the price of weed to go into the stratosphere. The criminal element that controls the unions will cause irreparable harm and bring more unnecessary heat on the industry by law enforcement and the government. Consider that the unions were responsible for bringing about the demise of the twinkee. SAVE THE WEED, **** THE UNIONS!
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