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Medical marijuana dispensaries join union

9:00 PM, Oct 17, 2011   |    comments
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Dispensary representatives say the union label fits because they believe medical marijuana is part of the retail health care, agriculture, and food processing industry.

The Colorado union chapter has about 25,000 members representing grocery, pharmacy, agriculture workers, food processors, meat cutters, textile workers, and health care workers.

The Cannabis Business Alliance issued a statement on Monday saying they believe the medical marijuana industry isn't ready to unionize:

"Most Colorado medical marijuana businesses are Mom and Pop operations struggling with challenges not faced by any other business in Colorado. As small business owners, we work side-by-side with our employees, and treat them as the most valuable resource we have for our businesses and patients. The hurdles MMJ businesses face, including the significant financial burdens of high state and local licensing fees, include barriers to access in banking, getting loans and insurance, and obtaining regular merchant services available to any other business in this state are large.

"The industry itself is in its infancy - The Department of Revenue just awarded the first licenses last week. While we share the goals of supporting our employees, and welcome support from UFCW, along with other groups who share our vision of advancing the industry, we simply aren't there yet when it comes to unionization."

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