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  1. Ron Strider

    Big Labor Sees Growth Potential In California Pot Workers

    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...
  2. Ron Strider

    How The Move To Unionize Cannabis Workers Stalled In Colorado

    April 4, 2016, was a big day for Matt Hobson – and it was very nearly a big day for Colorado's cannabis industry. That was the day that 29-year-old Hobson and other employees at Pueblo West Organics, a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary in Pueblo West, a municipal district just...
  3. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Workers Now Outnumber Bakers And Other Common Careers

    For an industry still in its early stages, legal marijuana already has surpassed many other businesses in generating jobs. In a new report called the Marijuana Business Factbook 2017, the marijuana industry is reported to have created 165,000 to 230,000 full- and part-time jobs in the United...
  4. Ron Strider

    GA: New Georgia Cannabis Law Poses Workplace Law Questions

    With Gov. Nathan Deal's signature now fresh on Senate Bill 16, medical cannabis continues to expand in Georgia with six new illnesses added to the list of conditions eligible for treatment. Deal in 2015 signed into law Haleigh's Hope Act, which created the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis...
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    Medical Marijuana Workers Fight For Labour Rights At Ontario Agriculture Tribunal

    The struggle to win union rights for medical cannabis workers in Canada has entered a new chapter, with the commencement of hearings at Ontario's Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (AFRAA Tribunal) for workers at MedReleaf in Markham, Ontario. The Markham-based MedReleaf...
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    ND House - Workers' Comp Can't Be Used For Medical Marijuana

    Bismarck — North Dakota House lawmakers voted 81-9 Monday, Jan. 23, to prevent workers' compensation from paying for medical marijuana. House Bill 1156 was introduced in response to the measure approved by voters last November that legalizes medical marijuana in North Dakota for defined medical...
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    Canada: As Pot Legalization Nears, Cannabis Industry Can't Forget Workers' Rights

    When it comes to workplace safety and rights for cannabis workers in Canada, the recent report by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation leaves some labour advocates a bit dazed and confused. The Canadian cannabis industry is poised to become a significant player in our...
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    CA: Marijuana May Be Legal, But It Can Still Get You Fired

    Here's a rule one Denver convenience store never expected to enforce: Microwaves cannot be used to heat pee. The store is next to ARCpoint Labs of East Denver, which conducts drug testing for businesses who screen prospective workers before hiring them. In Colorado, recreational marijuana...
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    Medical Marijuana Workers At Vireo Health Become First In New York To Unionize

    Albany, N.Y. - Medical marijuana workers from Vireo Health are the first in New York with a union contract. The company is one of five medical marijuana producers operating in the state. The contract applies to 15 workers at the firm's grow house in Fulton County, northeast of Albany, and at...
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    Medical Marijuana Workers At Vireo Health Become First In New York To Unionize

    Albany, N.Y. - Medical marijuana workers from Vireo Health are the first in New York with a union contract. The company is one of five medical marijuana producers operating in the state. The contract applies to 15 workers at the firm's grow house in Fulton County, northeast of Albany, and at...
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    NZ: Workplace Cannabis Testing Causing Record Immigration

    Cannabis testing is keeping skilled New Zealanders out of the workplace even if the cannabis is used in their own private time or for medical reasons. New Zealand must rely on foreign workers because too many locals are on drugs prime minister John Key said. Defending the nation's record...
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    CA: How Will Budtenders And Trimmigrants Fare If Pot Is Legalized?

    In February of 2013, the employees of Wellness Connection, a medical marijuana provider based in Auburn, Maine, were worried about their product. They'd observed mold and fungus on their plants too often; bugs were infesting their work areas. Some of the chemicals they were being asked to use...
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    WA: Tacoma Union Local Leads US In Representing Recreational Cannabis Workers

    Tacoma-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367 is leading the nation when it comes to pleasing pot smokers who have lately been looking in vain for the union label. Consumers can now find just such a label on cannabis processed by the Tacoma firm Perma. Where it comes to workers...
  14. K

    Where The Jobs Are - America's Pot Industry

    The U.S. job market has had its share of ups and downs lately, but in the budding U.S. marijuana industry, these are apparently high times on the employment front. A growing number of Americans are finding work in a multi billion-dollar industry that has been legally sanctioned - and only in...
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    OH: Lawmakers OK with Medical Marijuana for PTSD Should Include Condition for Workers

    Columbus, Ohio - For years, police officers have lobbied the General Assembly to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder exists without an accompanying injury. Earlier this month, they did -- but not in the way the state's largest law enforcement organization would have liked. PTSD was among...
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    OH: Lawmakers OK with Medical Marijuana for PTSD Should Include Condition for Workers

    Columbus, Ohio - For years, police officers have lobbied the General Assembly to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder exists without an accompanying injury. Earlier this month, they did -- but not in the way the state's largest law enforcement organization would have liked. PTSD was among...
  17. R

    Kauai Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applicant Partners With UFCW Union

    Green Aloha, Ltd., one of the consortiums applying for Kauai's first medical marijuana dispensary license, has struck an agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 480. Across the U.S., UFCW represents more than 1.3 million members – some of whom are part of its Cannabis...
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    Canadian Medical Marijuana Workers Rights Go Up In Smoke

    MedReleaf is one of the largest producers of medical marijuana in Canada, registered with Health Canada to manufacture and distribute medical cannabis to customers across the country. The company, which is particularly popular with armed forces personnel diagnosed with PTSD, owns and operates...
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    Canada: Rising Use Of Medical Marijuana Complicates Energy Workforce Issues

    Anticipated changes in the legal status of marijuana in Canada, and growing use of medical marijuana, are raising questions about the implications for the industrial workplace. "As the prevalence and the social acceptance of marijuana goes up, the acceptance of medical marijuana will probably...
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    Companies Allow Cannabis For Workers Taking 'Weed Breaks' In Colorado

    Traditional smoking breaks may be a thing of the past for workers, but some American companies are allowing, and even encouraging, cannabis consumption by their employees. The companies, not surprisingly, are in the marijuana business in Colorado, where recreational use of pot is legal...