Nabis cannabis wholesale workers join Teamsters union in California

May 13, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Employees at San Francisco-based cannabis wholesaler Nabis are the latest to join the Teamsters Local 630 labor union. The 84 new members, made up of drivers and associates, are the third group to join the Local 630 in the past three weeks, according to a news release. Budtenders at two Los Angeles marijuana stores voted to join the Local 630 last week. “We are dedicated to ensuring stability in the rapidly growing cannabis industry,” Lou Villalvazo, the Local 630’s secretary-treasurer, said in a statement. “Organizing… Read more.

The Legal Marijuana Industry Now Supports More Than 440,000 Full-Time Jobs, Up 5% From Last Year, Report Finds

April 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The number of full-time marijuana jobs in the U.S. rose by nearly 5 percent during the past year, according to the latest annual industry report on employment in the cannabis sector. That’s a turnaround from the roughly 2 percent decline between 2022 and 2023, but otherwise it marks the slowest year-over-year growth going back to 2017. All told, legal cannabis in the nation supports more than 440,000 full-time equivalent jobs, says the new report from Colorado-based marijuana staffing company Vangst and the… Read more.

Cannabis Industry on Track to Deliver 800,000 American Jobs by 2028

March 20, 2024 · MG Magazine

The domestic job market is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent over the next five years, with an equally attractive increase in compensation for many in-demand roles at smaller companies this year.  Cannabis staffing and executive search agency CannabizTeam released its sixth national salary guide. This year’s annual report focuses on hiring trends across the legal U.S. cannabis industry, job projections throughout 2028, and national salary ranges for more than 70 of the most in-demand cannabis positions in the country.… Read more.

$70,420 a Year to Smoke Weed All Day and Post about It – Would You Apply to This New Job Opening?

March 7, 2024 ·

A cannabis company specializing in crafting pre-rolled joints has initiated a campaign to fill what they dub the "ultimate stoner dream job," seeking a content creator who will be compensated for "getting paid to smoke weed." DaySavers, a new direct-to-consumer brand under Custom Cones USA, declared on Monday their pursuit for this role. This full-time cannabis position entails managing social media content and event marketing, offering a salary of $70,420 and perks such as cannabis product testing and fully covered travel expenses… Read more.

Smoke Weed and Drive the Nuclear Sub – Navy Will Accept Recruits Who Have a Cannabis History

February 18, 2024 ·

The Navy has revised its approach regarding recruits arriving at boot camp with traces of marijuana in their system at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Rear Adm. James Waters, the director of the Navy's military personnel plans and policy division, disclosed to reporters on Thursday that the service now has the discretion to grant waivers for recruits initially testing positive for THC, the primary psychoactive element in marijuana. Waters emphasized that recruits who admit to marijuana use undergo evaluations to… Read more.

Maryland Police Chief Says Rule Against Cannabis Use Is Bad for Recruiting

January 18, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said that a state rule requiring law enforcement recruits to have abstained from cannabis use for at least three years before they can be hired hurts the state’s police recruitment opportunities, according to a News4 report. Chief Jones, who is also the head of the Fraternal Order of Police and a Montgomery County Council Member, asked the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission in a letter last year to revise the regulations. Montgomery County Assistant Chief Administrative… Read more.

New Marijuana Laws Take Effect In Multiple States—Affecting Workers, Regulators, Product Labeling And More

January 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

For several states across the U.S., the new year means new marijuana laws taking effect—touching on policies that range from employment protections to packaging requirements. As of Monday, cannabis legislation affecting at least five states will take effect, the product of a busy 2023 legislative season that saw major changes to marijuana laws throughout the country. Advocates are already gearing up for a fresh push to expand on reform achievements in 2024, but consumers, regulators and stakeholders should also be mindful of… Read more.

New Year Brings Employment Protections for California Cannabis Users

December 28, 2023 · High Times

California workers who use cannabis will gain new employment protections under two laws that go into effect beginning on January 1. Under legislation passed by the California legislature last year, employers will be barred from discriminating against workers who test positive for cannabis in some drug screenings, while a separate measure passed in 2023 prohibits employers from asking employees or job candidates about their off-duty use of marijuana. Under Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188), which was signed into law by… Read more.

How Do New Labor Laws Starting in 2024 Help Protect Cannabis Workers?

December 27, 2023 ·

California workers will soon enjoy official safeguards against discrimination related to their off-duty use of cannabis or marijuana. This protection stems from an amendment to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (AB 2188), endorsed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 18, 2022, and set to be effective from January 1, 2024. AB 2188 makes it unlawful for employers to refuse employment, penalize, or terminate individuals based on their use of cannabis products outside of work. Even though California was a… Read more.

New York Posts Dozens Of Sample Marijuana Job Descriptions To Aid Businesses And Workers

In an effort to help licensed marijuana businesses and would-be cannabis workers alike, New York’s Department of Labor (DOL) has published dozens of sample job descriptions for positions in the legal industry. The examples are intended to help companies streamline hiring processes and allow prospective employees to assess their qualifications to work in various roles within the emerging cannabis industry, a DOL representative told Marijuana Moment. “The legalization of cannabis has created significant opportunities for New Yorkers, including exciting new… Read more.

More cannabis workers at Verano subsidiary in Illinois join union

December 7, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Retail workers at a Zen Leaf store in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood voted to join Teamsters Local 777. Zen Leaf is a subsidiary of multistate operator Verano Holdings Corp., which is headquartered in Chicago. “The dedication and hard work of these professionals is not just essential to the Chicago cannabis industry, but representative of their solidarity,” Local 777 President Jim Glimco said in a statement. “Together, we will secure a contract with better working conditions, fair wages and the recognition and… Read more.

Budtenders at Columbus, Ohio Dispensary First in State to Join Teamsters

November 28, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Budtenders at Strawberry Fields in Columbus, Ohio last week voted to join Teamsters Local 413, becoming the first in the state to join the union. In a statement Tony Jones, Teamsters International vice president at large and president of Local 413, said “This is the first of many proprietors” the union will be organizing in the state, “especially now that recreational cannabis is legal.” Estlin Hiller, a budtender at Strawberry Fields, called the vote “a huge moment for the Teamsters, Ohio, the labor movement, the… Read more.

Workers at Kansas City Dispensary Vote to Join Union

November 3, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Budtenders and inventory clerks Home State Dispensary in Kansas City, Missouri voted on Tuesday to join the Teamsters Local 955, making them the first cannabis workers in the Kansas City metro area to unionize and the first to join the Local 955. In a statement, Jerry Wood, Local 955 president, noted that cannabis sales in Missouri are on track to gross over $1 billion in revenue this year. Madison Ford, a budtender at Home State, said the workers “are standing… Read more.

Alaska Airlines Seeks To Reverse Order Reinstating Worker Fired For Positive Marijuana Test With New Federal Lawsuit

October 23, 2023 ·

Alaska Airlines is suing a mechanics union in federal court over a recent arbitration decision that reversed the 2022 firing of a technician who tested positive for THC. The company alleges the arbitration board that rendered the decision earlier this month “acted in excess of its authority by dispensing its own brand of industrial justice.” The five-page complaint, filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, says the board reinstated the worker, Gregory Chappell, “based on… Read more.

Green Thumb Industries Employees In Reno, Nevada Vote to Join Union

October 18, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Workers at Green Thumb Industries in Reno, Nevada last week voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 711.   In a statement, Green Thumb worker Derrick Miles said he and his colleagues “look forward to bargaining a fair contract.”  Last year, about 60 cannabis workers at the Green Thumb-owned RISE dispensary in Henderson voted to join the UFCW Local 711. In March, a complaint was filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Green Thumb of violations related to labor law… Read more.

Climate Workers Couldn’t Be Fired Over Marijuana In Legal States Under Newly Refiled Congressional Bill

October 11, 2023 ·

People working in the climate sector would be protected from being fired for testing positive for marijuana if they’re based in a legal state under a newly refiled bill from more than 40 congressional Democrats. The legislation, led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), is titled the Climate Resilience Workforce Act. The bill itself covers substantial ground on climate policy, proposing to provide grants to support climate resilience jobs, fund existing workforce development programs and create a White House Office of Climate… Read more.

Anchorage, Alaska Proposal Would Relax Cannabis Policies for Most City Employees

October 9, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

City officials in Anchorage, Alaska are considering exempting some city employees from penalties for cannabis use, Must Read Alaska reports. Instead of termination, employees who test positive for cannabis will be offered counseling and addiction treatment.   According to the proposed ordinance text, the purpose of the ordinance “is to repeal and replace the Municipality of Anchorage’s drug testing policy, specifically shifting from a punitive policy to a health-centered approach.”   “It also substantially changes the policy regarding the testing of marijuana for municipal employees. With… Read more.

Professional Association Recognizes Cannabis Nursing as a Specialty Practice

October 6, 2023 · High Times

The American Nurses Association (ANA) announced last week that it now formally recognizes cannabis nursing as a specialty practice. The professional association, which represents the interests of the more than 5 million nurses in the nation, also noted that cannabis nursing is identified by the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) as a specialty nursing practice focused on the health care of consumers seeking education and guidance in the therapeutic use of cannabis. “ANA is pleased to officially recognize cannabis nursing… Read more.

Auto Union Workers Go On Strike and Get 25% Off at Their Local Marijuana Dispensary in Michigan

October 2, 2023 ·

Ultra Cannabis, a recreational dispensary headquartered in Michigan, is demonstrating its solidarity with the committed members and suppliers of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union during the ongoing strike against prominent automakers. In a gesture of support, Ultra Cannabis has unveiled an exclusive 25% discount for all UAW members and supplier associates who provide a valid union ID. The UAW strike, which commenced on September 15, 2023, has garnered widespread national interest, particularly among Ford Motor Co. employees. General Motors… Read more.

How labor unions can benefit cannabis operators

September 27, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Conventional wisdom contends that businesses and labor unions are naturally adversarial. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Companies that find ways to work well with unions can thrive, while those that don’t might lose money because of lawsuits or labor strikes and suffer the indignity of embarrassing headlines that hurt their brand reputation. Business and union interests are more often in agreement than they are in opposition, according to many executives and union leaders. “Happy, healthy, productive teams… Read more.

House Committee Approves Bill to End Federal Ban on Cannabis Consumers Getting Security-Sensitive Jobs

September 27, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability last week voted 30-14 to advance a measure that would allow cannabis consumers to qualify for security clearances and become federal employees, GovExec reports. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), would end the practice of denying security clearances for federal employees who admit to past cannabis use. The proposal would also allow applicants who have been previously denied a federal job or security clearance in 2008 or later to seek reconsideration of that decision. … Read more.

Importance of reliable payroll provider highlighted by vendor aversion to marijuana clients

September 22, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Nichole Upshaw, the chief retail and people officer at Florida-based Jushi Holdings, vividly remembers June 24, 2019, her first day working for the multistate operator now active in seven states. “On my first day, the HR employee that was here before I arrived said, ‘If (payroll-services provider) Paychex calls, don’t pick up the phone. They’re trying to kick us off.’” At the time, Jushi had roughly  60 employees, but it was about three weeks from acquiring Beyond Hello, a Pennsylvania-based… Read more.

Curaleaf Dispensary Workers Strike In Arizona After Company Fails to Negotiate Contract

September 19, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Workers at a Phoenix, Arizona cannabis dispensary went on strike last week after the company, Curaleaf Midtown, failed to negotiate a contract despite the workers voting to join the UFCW Local 99 in June 2022, FOX 10 Phoenix reports. The strike marks the first time cannabis industry employees have gone on strike in Arizona.  The workers are demanding better pay and benefits, better working conditions, and safety. They are also demanding that Curaleaf Midtown reinstate a recently fired worker and start advancing union contract negotiations. According… Read more.

GOP Committee Chairman Seeks To Scale Back Bill On Removing Federal Marijuana Employment Barriers Ahead Of This Week’s Vote

September 19, 2023 ·

The chairman of a key House committee is proposing to significantly scale back a bipartisan bill on marijuana-related protections for federal workers that’s scheduled for a vote in his panel this week. The House Oversight and Accountability Committee is scheduled to hold a markup of the Cannabis Users’ Restoration of Eligibility (CURE) Act—sponsored by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—on Wednesday. But ahead of that meeting, Chairman James Comer (R-KY) says he will be filing an… Read more.

Would You Fire an Outstanding Employee Because They Used CBD Instead of Taking Opioids? The DEA Did!

September 17, 2023 ·

The Justice Department is standing by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) decision to terminate a "distinguished" special agent who had served for 16 years. The agent, Anthony Armour, was dismissed due to a positive THC test result after using a CBD product for pain relief, believing it to be legal hemp. In May, Anthony Armour initiated legal action against the DEA, seeking to overturn his termination on various grounds, including insufficient "substantial evidence" of his use of an illegal substance and considering his exemplary professional… Read more.

California Employers Could Not Ask About Past Marijuana Use Under Bill Sent To Governor’s Desk

September 15, 2023 ·

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about prior marijuana use. One day after the Assembly passed an amended version of the Senate bill, the originating chamber on Thursday signed off on those changes in a vote of 30-8. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). When employers ask applicants about past marijuana use, it “not only dissuades candidates from applying for these positions but also leads to… Read more.

The Cannabis Job Market Contracts for the First Time Since 2016 – The New Reality or Statistical Anomaly?

September 13, 2023 ·

The regulated marijuana industry is grappling with significant challenges, particularly in the cannabis labor market. Recent headlines reveal that many employers, from large multistate operators to small cannabis businesses and related ancillary companies, have been compelled to reduce their workforce. Perhaps most notably, the past year marked the first contraction in the number of cannabis-related jobs in the United States since regulated marijuana markets were established. This unsettling development was detailed in a February 2023 report by Vangst, a Denver-based recruitment firm specializing… Read more.

Workers at Three Illinois Rise Dispensaries Ratify Contract

September 8, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Workers at three Rise dispensaries in Illinois have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. Rise is a subsidiary of multi-state operator Green Thumb Industries (GTI), and the contract covers workers at two locations in Joliet and one in Niles. The agreement marks the end of what the Teamsters Local 777 described as a “protracted fight” with GTI that included a 13-day work stoppage that ended in May. Jim Glimco, Local 777 president, said the “fight should be a lesson to cannabis companies… Read more.

American Workers Need to be Protected for Cannabis Use

September 5, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Punching a clock is just part of daily life for most of us poor schlubs. We get up at the crack of dawn, drag ourselves to whatever is our chosen craft and spend the day grinding away to make ends meet. Some would argue that the best part about going to the jobsite in the morning is getting the leave eight hours later because that’s when it’s time to unwind and cut loose. For many Americans, that means indulging in… Read more.

Workers Unionize at Grand Rapids, Michigan Dispensary

September 2, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Workers at Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Ascend Cannabis Provisions on Thursday voted to join the Teamsters Local 406. It is the second collective bargaining agreement in the Michigan cannabis industry that the Teamsters have ratified, and the first in the Western part of the state.  In a statement, Peter Finn, Teamsters Western Region International vice president and Food Processing Division director, described the contract as a “gust of wind before the tornado of new organizing in the state.”  The agreement includes an immediate raise with a… Read more.

At least 10 fake unions identified in California marijuana industry

September 1, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

At least 10 “labor organizations” that experts and observers have flagged as suspicious – and share characteristics in common with another “union” that state regulators declared fake in July – are signing required labor agreements with licensed California marijuana businesses, according to records obtained by MJBizDaily. The labor groups in question have inked state-mandated labor pacts with dozens of cannabis businesses across California, including some high-profile companies. This latest revelation suggests the fake-union problem in California cannabis is wider and more… Read more.

California probes alleged fake union at Jay Z-linked marijuana company

August 23, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California labor regulators are investigating another complaint involving an alleged “fake union” that’s signing required labor agreements with regulated marijuana companies in violation of state law. According to a complaint from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed July 26 at the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board, an organization called the National Agricultural Workers Union – which signed labor peace agreements with licensees doing business under the Caliva brand name – is in fact a sham union with no members and no intent… Read more.

Workers at Connecticut’s Largest Cannabis Grow Facility Join Union

August 18, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Workers at Connecticut’s largest cannabis cultivation facility have joined United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 919, the News Times reports. More than 70 workers at CTPharma’s facility in Rocky Hill voted to join the union on June 13 and the contract was ratified later in the month.  CTPharma is owned by Verano, which is based in Illinois.  The CTPharma workers are the second cannabis cultivation facility employees to join a union in the state – in May workers at Advanced Grow Labs voted… Read more.

Verano marijuana retail workers ratify union contracts in Illinois

August 15, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Employees at two Illinois marijuana retail locations owned by multistate operator Verano Holdings ratified collective bargaining agreements, according to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The contract ratifications at Zen Leaf stores in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and the Village of Lombard come after workers at both stores voted last year to join the Teamsters. Workers at the Lombard store voted in favor of unionization in February 2022; employees at the Pilsen location voted to join the union in August 2022. “The workers… Read more.

How to Find Your Next Job in Cannabis

July 29, 2023 · MG Magazine

Despite consistent industry expansion through ongoing legalization efforts across the United States and abroad, news of a turbulent job market in the cannabis sector is not hard to find. Layoffs and market exits have become an ongoing issue affecting operators both big and small, with the 2023 Vangst Cannabis Jobs Report citing a 2-percent drop in employment since early 2022. This is the first time a year-over-year decline has been recorded since the beginning of the modern era in 2012 when Colorado’s recreational market opened. But careers… Read more.

Teamsters Reach Agreement with Verano-Owned Chicago Dispensaries

July 22, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Teamsters Local 777 has reached tentative agreements for cannabis consultants and agents-in-charge at Chicago’s Zen Leaf dispensaries. Zen Leaf is owned by multi-state cannabis company Verano, and it is the third MSO the union has successfully bargained agreements with after it launched its campaign to organize the cannabis industry less than three years ago.  In a statement, Jim Glimco, president of Local 777, said the “contract includes monumental improvements that the workers on this committee fought incredibly hard to achieve.”   The agreement… Read more.

Don’t Like Unions, Make a Fake One Up! – California Cannabis Companies Create Fake Unions to Cut Labor Costs

July 20, 2023 ·

According to state regulators on Monday, a dozen cannabis businesses in California, including the collapsed distribution giant Herbl, are facing the possibility of license revocation. As first reported by MJ BIZ, these businesses had previously signed agreements with a labor union that has now been deemed illegitimate. Under California law, marijuana businesses must enter into a labor peace agreement with a legitimate and "bona fide" labor organization to obtain a state license. However, critics argue that some cannabis businesses nationwide are… Read more.

Michigan Ends Preemployment Cannabis Testing for Most State Employees

July 16, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Michigan Civil Service Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to lift a ban on hiring most state employees who fail pre-employment drug tests for cannabis, MLive reports. Drug screening for cannabis will remain the protocol for state-employed health workers, police, Department of Corrections Officers, and others employed in safety-sensitive positions.   Nearly 350 applicants have failed drug tests for cannabis and have been denied employment since legalization five years ago, according to the Civil Service Commission.  The change also ends current policies banning applicants who… Read more.

Cannabis workers in California, Missouri vote to join Teamsters

July 8, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters grew its membership of cannabis workers again, this time in California and Missouri. Teamsters Local 1932 in San Bernardino, California, added 81 workers at Growpacker, a Desert Hot Springs-based cannabis bottling facility, according to a news release. Employees at another San Bernardino cannabis company, Captain Jack’s Dispensary, voted in February to join Local 1932. In 2021, cultivation facility workers at nearby Tikun Olam also voted to join Local 1932. “This is the fifth group of California cannabis workers who have joined the Teamsters this… Read more.

All Curaleaf cannabis retail workers in New Jersey now union members

June 30, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

All employees at Curaleaf Holdings’ New Jersey cannabis retail operations have now unionized with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360. According to the UFCW, workers at the multistate operator’s store in Bordertown on Thursday became the last to vote for unionization. That’s a trend in the marijuana space nationwide but particularly in pro-union markets such as California, Illinois and Massachusetts. “Every Curaleaf employee in the state is joining the UFCW,” UFCW Local 360 President Sam Ferraino said in a… Read more.

Top Labor Union Urges Biden Admin To Support Marijuana Workers And Stop Industry Monopolization While Ending Prohibition

June 29, 2023 ·

A leader of one of the country’s largest labor unions is calling on the Biden administration to enact a complete end to federal marijuana prohibition—and couple that reform with specific policies that address the harms of the drug war, protect cannabis workers and prevent monopolization in the industry. In a letter obtained by Marijuana Moment, the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) urged Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary… Read more.

Workers at California Cannabis Distribution Company Vote to Join Teamsters Union

June 23, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Workers at southern California-based cannabis distribution company Amuse on Wednesday voted to join the Teamsters Local 630.   In a statement, Elias Valenzuela Jr., a driver and member of the organizing committee who was previously a member of the United Auto Workers, said that “almost everyone” signed up when organizers first started handing out authorization cards, describing the process as “really quick.”  Peter Finn, Teamsters Western Region vice president and Food Processing Division director, said the union is expanding its reach… Read more.

The Unionization of Cannabis

June 15, 2023 · MG Magazine

Teamsters Local 777 members walked off their jobs at two of Green Thumb Industries’ Rise Cannabis shops in Illinois the day before 4/20. For thirteen days, they picketed the dispensaries, demanding better wages and other concessions. Even when the strike was over, the strife wasn’t. The Teamsters and GTI circulated dueling stories about what a new labor-management agreement said—or whether a new agreement even had been reached. Then the union began charging the company with unfair labor practices that violate… Read more.

Leafly Removes Articles Investigating Worker Death at Trulieve Facility

June 14, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Online cannabis platform Leafly recently removed two in-depth articles investigating the death of cannabis worker Lorna McMurrey, 27, who passed away after collapsing during her shift at a Trulieve cannabis factory in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Mike Crawford, the host of The Young Jurks podcast in Massachusetts, which broke the news of McMurrey’s death, first posted about the articles’ removal last week on LinkedIn. Leafly, which closed down its newsroom in March after reporting financial difficulties, offered no explanation for why the stories were pulled,… Read more.

Report: New Mexico cannabis industry employs more than 4,000 workers

June 13, 2023 · KRQE

There’s no denying that cannabis is a booming industry in New Mexico. But a new report from the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions reveals the impact on the job market. As of the end of 2022, more than 4,600 workers had joined the cannabis wave in New Mexico, the report notes. Most of those (88.3%) worked in dispensaries. Dispensaries made up the vast majority of cannabis-related businesses in the state. There are over 100 retail dispensers to every 10 cannabis manufacturers and… Read more.

Unions Flexing Legal, Political Muscle in Cannabis with Federal Complaints

June 10, 2023 · Green Market Report

Dozens of complaints have been filed with the NLRB against cannabis companies. Organized labor has been increasingly flexing its legal and political muscle in the American cannabis sector.  The most visible representation of the situation came just last month, when workers organized by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters went on a nearly two-week strike at several facilities in Illinois owned by multistate operator Green Thumb Industries. Though the strike ended, the company still must deal with 10 unfair labor practice complaints the… Read more.

Majority Of Truckers Support Marijuana Legalization And Testing Reform Amid Labor Shortage, Industry Report Finds

June 8, 2023 ·

A strong majority of licensed truck drivers in the U.S. say that federal marijuana laws need to change, and most say that current cannabis testing policies for drivers are steering people away from the transportation sector amid a driver shortage, according to a new report. With an estimated 65,000-driver deficit in the country, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) carried out an analysis of driver marijuana testing policies that also included revealing survey data from drivers who say that the… Read more.

Labor Union Victories Mean More Pressure on Margins and Profits in the Cannabis Industry

June 6, 2023 ·

A new front in the conflict between cannabis businesses and labor unions is forming as the cannabis industry keeps growing and gaining legal recognition in more states. A surge of labor-management disputes within the developing business is being heralded by recent triumphs for cannabis unions in achieving collective bargaining rights and better working conditions. These developments give light on how the cannabis industry is changing and how a complicated relationship between employers, workers, and organized labor is emerging as a result of… Read more.

Cannabis union wins signal more labor-management conflicts ahead

May 31, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

From Sean O’Brien’s office in Washington DC, the general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has a direct view of the U.S. Capitol complex. Along with the physical proximity, O’Brien also has a direct link to the corridors of power – as well as a willingness to confront it. This was demonstrated during a testy Senate committee hearing in March, when O’Brien blasted both corporate executives and federal lawmakers for allowing the “repeated abuse of American workers.” And, as actions… Read more.

Michigan Considers Dropping Pre-Employment Cannabis Drug Tests for Most State Jobs

May 26, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Michigan Civil Service Commission earlier this month proposed a rule change that would drop pre-employment drug testing for cannabis. The proposal would not change the requirements for safety-sensitive jobs, such as state police or commercial vehicle drivers.   “If approved, they would not impact current testing Adult-use cannabis has been legal in Michigan since 2018. The rules requiring cannabis testing as a pre-employment requirement in Michigan were implemented in 1998, according to an official communication from State Personnel Director John Gnodtke. The… Read more.

Made in Highmerica – Positive Cannabis Drug Tests in the American Workforce Spike to a 25 Year High

May 26, 2023 ·

According to a recent analysis, the year 2022 witnessed the highest level of positive marijuana urine tests after workplace accidents in 25 years. According to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics released last Thursday, the percentage of the general U.S. workforce who tested positive for marijuana in their urine after having an accident at work rose to 7.3% in 2017. It was 6.7% in 2021, a tad less.  Remember, these are only tests done after a worker had an accident, if you didn't have… Read more.

Chicagoland Union Gets Cannabis Workers a 20% Raise, So Are Unions Good or Bad for the Marijuana Industry?

May 24, 2023 ·

Organized labor in the marijuana industry continues to achieve significant wage increases, as evidenced by the recent development of five PharmaCann adult-use cannabis dispensaries in Chicago. The unionized workers at these dispensaries have successfully negotiated a substantial 20% wage hike over three years. The recent wage increase is another noteworthy victory for organized labor, as it adds to the mounting pressure unions place on major cannabis industry operators throughout the country. According to Crain's Chicago Business, PharmaCann's Verilife dispensaries witnessed a significant development last… Read more.

Opinion: What is a labor peace agreement, and is it good for the cannabis industry?

May 5, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Cannabis companies operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and labor disputes can have a significant impact on business operations, leading to lost revenue, reputational damage and even regulatory sanctions. Labor peace agreements establish a period when a workers’ union agrees not to strike, picket or otherwise disrupt an employer’s business operations, and the employer agrees not to engage in any actions that would undermine the union’s ability to organize the workforce. Such agreements can help to promote stability,… Read more.

Missouri Cannabis Jobs Boom, Market Saturation Concerns Loom

April 25, 2023 · Green Market Report

Some companies to slow their hiring strategies. Legalization of recreational cannabis in Missouri led to a surge in job growth within the industry, but the trend could be slowing as labor needs are met. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the number of active licenses to work in the sector catapulted from 9,800 in October to more than 14,000 in March, after voters approved recreational marijuana use through a constitutional amendment last November. While the rapid expansion has boosted the state’s economy,… Read more.

Suspect unions’ effort to evade state law could hurt marijuana workers

March 31, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

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Marijuana businesses in California and on the East Coast are evading worker-friendly licensing requirements by obtaining state business permits after signing deals with “labor organizations” that appear to be illegitimate “company unions,” documents and interviews show. The growing presence of these fake unions jeopardizes the inroads made by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, critics charge, while offering limited or zero benefits to workers. In many states with adult-use legalization, state law requires… Read more.