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Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industry - (Not surprising, really)
Reuters ^ | February 6, 2013 | Samuel P. Jacobs and Alex Dobuzinskis

Posted on 02/06/2013 7:54:05 AM PST by re_tail20

Except for one thing: On the glass door - under a green cross signaling that cannabis can be bought there for medical purposes - is a sticker for the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), the nation's largest retail union.

The dispensary, the Venice Beach Care Center, is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles that are staffed by dues-paying union members. Another 49 in the city plan to enter into labor agreements with the UFCW this year, the union says.

Together, the dispensaries are a symbol of the growing bond between the nascent medical marijuana industry and struggling labor unions.

During the last few years, unions, led by the UFCW, have played an increasingly significant role in campaigns to allow medical marijuana, now legal in California, 17 other states and Washington, D.C.

In the November elections, UFCW operatives also helped get-out-the-vote efforts in Colorado, where voters approved a measure that made possession of one ounce (28.3 grams) or less of the drug legal for anyone 21 and older. Washington state approved a similar measure and both states require regulation of marijuana growers, processors and retailers.

Union officials acknowledge that their support stems partly from the idea that the marijuana industry could create hundreds of thousands of members at a time when overall union membership is shrinking.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last month that union members - who accounted for 11.8 percent of the workforce in 2011 - now make up about 11.3 percent of all American workers, the lowest percentage in nearly a century.

Retail unions such as the UFCW are fighting the rise of part-time workers and a steady drop in real wages over the last two generations. Organized labor also has been under pressure from Republican governors...

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugs; drugwar; marijuana; marijuanalabor; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd

1 posted on 02/06/2013 7:54:10 AM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Forgot the preamble

The medical marijuana shop next to a tattoo parlor on a busy street in Los Angeles looks much like hundreds of other pot dispensaries that dot the city.


2 posted on 02/06/2013 7:55:01 AM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

one of the dumbest things I ever saw


3 posted on 02/06/2013 7:56:17 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: re_tail20
Colorado, where voters approved a measure that made possession of one ounce (28.3 grams) or less of the drug legal for anyone 21 and older

Haha, just don't buy, sell, or grow it, and you're fine. That's some kind of "legalization". Do nothing about the crime associated with it, and then give people a chance to complain about how legalization doesn't make things better. Sounds like a plan right out of the GOP playbook.
4 posted on 02/06/2013 8:02:59 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: re_tail20
Another 49 in the city plan to enter into labor agreements with the UFCW this year, the union says.

Hmmm, sounds like they are buying "protection".

5 posted on 02/06/2013 8:24:29 AM PST by pfflier
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To: re_tail20

Medical marijuana being a product that isn’t approved by the FDA but can be sold to the public,so much for laws.
Now is a good time to bring back snake oil products.

Al capone smiles


6 posted on 02/06/2013 9:38:33 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: re_tail20
The Mafia has traditionally run the street drug industry. No surprise here.
7 posted on 02/06/2013 9:54:17 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: re_tail20
Look at this. lol
8 posted on 02/06/2013 9:55:51 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: re_tail20

I read a story yesterday that car washes in California are unionizing.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/22/business/la-fi-trumka-laborers-20120222

Maybe the Cal legislature should pass a reverse RTW bill and make any person who is employed join a union.


9 posted on 02/06/2013 10:01:17 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Vaduz
I don't think the bottle of scotch on my counter is FDA approved. I think this is the first time I've seen a FReeper unhappy about the fedguv not stretching its tentacles into our lives.

Al Capone would have opposed legalization, just like he favored prohibition.
10 posted on 02/06/2013 12:09:56 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Vaduz
Medical marijuana being a product that isn’t approved by the FDA but can be sold to the public,so much for laws.

So why are you peeing on the Tenth Amendment?

11 posted on 02/06/2013 12:27:17 PM PST by Ken H
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To: andyk
Colorado, where voters approved a measure that made possession of one ounce (28.3 grams) or less of the drug legal for anyone 21 and older

Haha, just don't buy, sell, or grow it, and you're fine.

The article also says "both states [Colorado and Washington] require regulation of marijuana growers, processors and retailers." Journalism major at work there.

12 posted on 02/06/2013 12:52:20 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies
The article also says "both states [Colorado and Washington] require regulation of marijuana growers, processors and retailers." Journalism major at work there.

That's interesting. They seem to be conflating medicinal marijuana laws with the new law that applies to recreational use. It's still illegal to grow, sell, or buy recreationally. It's just possession that is decriminalized.
13 posted on 02/06/2013 1:03:41 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

“It’s still illegal to grow, sell, or buy recreationally.”

It says the opposite here (section 4, b-f): http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251842726694&ssbinary=true


14 posted on 02/06/2013 1:12:03 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: andyk
More precisely, it will be legal to grow, sell, or buy recreationally with a license once the enabling legislation for the amendment is passed.
15 posted on 02/06/2013 1:26:22 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Thanks for the cite! :-)


16 posted on 02/06/2013 1:46:58 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

That is really interesting - color me surprised and impressed. I don’t think the Washington referendum was that extensive.


17 posted on 02/06/2013 1:54:21 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVote/OnlineVotersGuide/Measures?countyCode=xx&electionId=46#ososTop


18 posted on 02/06/2013 2:46:10 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: andyk

Laws are for other people?.


19 posted on 02/07/2013 8:56:34 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Ken H

Can be sold to the public,so can humans in some places.


20 posted on 02/07/2013 8:59:09 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: pfflier

Bingo.


21 posted on 02/07/2013 9:00:16 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Vaduz

Don’t you think equating selling a plant to selling enslaved human beings is a bit of a stretch?


22 posted on 02/07/2013 9:04:08 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Phlap

I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to remember that.


23 posted on 02/07/2013 9:41:00 AM PST by techcor
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To: fattigermaster

You don’t like rule of law?.


24 posted on 02/07/2013 10:00:52 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz
Laws are for other people?

The FDA is largely unconstitutional. They have no authority within the several states. Like I said earlier, intoxicating liquors are also not subject to the FDA. Do you believe the entire liquor industry is skirting the law?
25 posted on 02/07/2013 10:06:37 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: fattigermaster

You don’t like rule of law?.


26 posted on 02/07/2013 10:07:09 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: andyk

Do you believe the entire liquor industry is skirting the law?
No just try to produce liquor,inspecters to ensue.


27 posted on 02/07/2013 10:10:41 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz; Ken H
Medical marijuana being a product that isn’t approved by the FDA but can be sold to the public,so much for laws.

So why are you peeing on the Tenth Amendment?

Can be sold to the public,so can humans in some places.

You didn't answer the question. Were you hoping nobody would notice?

28 posted on 02/07/2013 10:14:18 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: techcor
Are you saying we are old or experienced? lol
29 posted on 02/07/2013 10:21:45 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Vaduz

I’m not breaking the law, just asking a question. Don’t you think equating selling a plant to selling enslaved human beings is a bit of a stretch?


30 posted on 02/07/2013 10:25:40 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: fattigermaster

No selling is selling no matter what the product is got it?.


31 posted on 02/07/2013 10:33:12 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz
No selling is selling no matter what the product is got it?

No, in fact I don't "get it", and I doubt whether anyone else gets what you're trying to say, either. I think we have a language barrier...English is mine, what's yours?

32 posted on 02/07/2013 10:43:12 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Vaduz
No selling

The FDA rule is not "no selling," it's "no introducing or delivering for introduction into interstate commerce" (21 USC § 355(a)).

33 posted on 02/07/2013 10:53:17 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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