Md. Medical Marijuana Business Opts to Unionize Before it Opens

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UFCW workers.
UFCW workers.

As Maryland’s medical marijuana industry buds, there are plenty of regulatory considerations. Cannabis Commission director Hannah Byron described many to Cynthia McIntyre last week, like how to allow for delivery and licensing procedures. The businesses themselves are also new, which means their owners are also establishing how the companies will be run. In the case of one Bethesda company, employees are also getting organized.

According to DCist, Bethesda Biomedical employees voted to unionize this week. The employees will join the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, which also represents Giant and Safeway workers. The company is looking at sites Prince George’s County and Montgomery County.

The vote came before state licenses have even been issued, meaning  But the possibility of unionizing adds another layer to the medical marijuana industry’s implementation, which will take place across the state. Despite being passed by the legislature, the state’s program has run into opposition from Republican Steve Schuh in Anne Arundel County before formally getting going.

The UFCW has also organized unions in California and New York.

 

 



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