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UFCW Local 770 has been organizing and representing medical cannabis workers employed at law abiding dispensaries throughout the City of Los Angeles since 2011. After successfully defeating a dispensary ban proposed by the Los Angeles City Council, Local 770 spearheaded an initiative ordinance campaign that gathered over 70,000 signatures and led to the overwhelming passage of Proposition D in 2013. The successful Proposition D campaign won majority support in all fifteen Los Angeles Council districts and established limited immunity for dispensaries that complied with its operating requirements.

Local 770’s political advocacy contributed to the successful passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act enacted on September 11, 2015. The law creates a comprehensive state licensing system for the commercial cultivation, manufacture, retail sale, transport, distribution, delivery, and testing of medical cannabis. And crucially for cannabis industry workers, licensees must enter into a Labor Peace Agreement with a “bona fide labor organization” that ensures workers can gain a voice at work through a fair process.

With the passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) - endorsed by UFCW after securing worker protections, and passed by California voters in November 2016 - the California cannabis industry is poised to triple in size. Time Magazine reported that California’s cannabis market could be valued at $6.46 billion by 2020. With this explosion in the size of the industry comes a tremendous opportunity to grow our union.

Cannabis dispensary workers working under UFCW 770 union contracts enjoy dignity and order at their workplaces in what is still a volatile industry and through their union can ensure the enforcement of basic labor laws and industry standards. Local 770 cannabis members enjoy regular raises, paid time off and a grievance procedure. The contract language improves regulatory standards and defines respect in the workplace.

"My union contract is essential to professionalizing my job at a medical cannabis dispensary," said Jasmine Saucedo, a UFCW Local 770 member who works at LA Wonderland Caregivers. "Our contract provides for guaranteed raises, paid time off, and other benefits that help me feel more secure about the future."

The UFCW represents medical cannabis workers in six states and the District of Columbia. UFCW members in the cannabis industry work predominantly in dispensaries, coffee shops, bakeries, patient identification centers, hydroponics stores, and growing and training facilities. Through crafting and supporting targeted legislative efforts, leading the way in industry coalitions and setting standards for cannabis workers through collective bargaining, the UFCW is where dispensary workers and owners, along with patients and coalition allies, find legislative strength in working for their shared goals.

Measure M Sets Stage for Billion Dollar Marijuana Industry in Los Angeles

Let’s face it. Los Angelenos love marijuana. In 2009, there were reportedly more unlicensed dispensaries in the city than Starbucks (over 1,000). By some estimates, medical marijuana is currently a $1 billion market in the city, surpassing Colorado’s entire market. And New Year’s Day 2017 will perhaps be most remembered for the infamous “Hollyweed” sign stunt that garnered international attention. Clearly, Los Angeles is a 420-friendly city. Now, with the passage of Measure M, the City Council will be able get a handle on this popular local industry. 

How Unions Got Into L.A.'s Marijuana Business

In 2012, the L.A. cannabis industry needed friends. The Obama administration had not yet signaled a truce with state legal businesses, so federal agents raided dispensaries and dozens more received letters that they were violating federal law. Hundreds of unregulated shops had popped up in the city. No states had legalized recreational use and the idea that the industry could function remained an untested idea in this country. 

What is the future of recreational marijuana in Trump's America?

It’s a movement charging ahead — for now.

Legalizing recreational marijuana is currently a priority in more than a dozen states as polls show overwhelming support and lawmakers see a way to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. So far, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis.

But in recent weeks, the Trump administration has alarmed some pot supporters by warning states that have legalized recreational marijuana — California, Colorado and Oregon, among them — that federal law enforcement agents could soon come after them.

Trump administration signals a possible crackdown on states over marijuana

The White House on Thursday put states that have legalized recreational-use marijuana on notice that federal law enforcement agents could be targeting them soon. 

It was the clearest warning yet that the Trump administration may move to disrupt the marijuana trade in the eight states, including California, that have legalized the recreational use of pot.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 Organizes Workers at Two Pasadena Cannabis Dispensaries

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 770 announced Friday it has organized cannabis dispensary employees at UFD Apothecary (2982 E Colorado Blvd #105, Pasadena) and the Golden State Collective (50 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena).

UFCW Local 770 is already the largest union of dispensary employees in Southern California, and the addition of the two Pasadena shops marks the local union’s first successful organizing of dispensaries located beyond the City of Los Angeles.

Pot shop vote in LA?

Will you get to vote to keep and permit pot shops in Los Angeles?

Proponents of a measure to repeal Proposition D, a city ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, say they have turned in more than 100,000 signatures to the City Clerk’s office in an effort to qualify for the March ballot.

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