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Local 770 dispensary workers at two medical cannabis dispensaries are celebrating the ratification of their first union contractL 770 Dispensary Victory 10 07 13. Workers at Greenhouse Herbal Center and LA Wonderland-Hot Zone in Los Angeles have negotiated contracts that will raise standards at their dispensaries while ensuring that the dispensaries adhere to labor laws and industry standards.

Workers view this contract as a victory not only for themselves, but also for their patients and for the future of their industry.

Beyond their workplace organizing efforts, these workers joined with Local 770 to help pass a city-wide voter initiative, Proposition D, that regulates medical cannabis dispensaries. Signing their first collective bargaining agreement is the next step in bringing dignity and order to a still volatile industry and ensuring the enforcement of basic labor laws and industry standards.

Workers also secured regular raises, paid time off and a grievance procedure. The contract language improves regulatory standards and defines respect in the workplace.

“My favorite part of the contract is having regular raises,” said Ksenia, a worker at LA Wonderland-Hot Zone. “It makes me feel more serious and secure about this job.”

The UFCW represents thousands of 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.

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UFCW Affirms Support for Access to Medical Cannabis in Small Regulated, Financially Transparent Dispensaries

Statement of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 President Rick Icaza:

We continue to support an ordinance that would allow the approximately 100 licensed and regulated dispensaries established before 2007 to continue to operate," said Rick Icaza, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the union representing medical cannabis dispensary workers. UFCW represents workers at 40 of Los Angeles' medical cannabis dispensaries, all licensed by the city.

Voters in the state of California overwhelmingly passed proposition 215 to give the sick and disabled access to this useful medicine," continued Icaza. "The city should not try to subvert the will of the voters and deny the sick and infirm relief in order to score political points. We should all work together to reach an agreement which will allow a small number of highly regulated, financially transparent dispensaries to operate in our city.

The motion passed to study ways to allow lawfully licensed pre-2007 dispensaries to continue to distribute medicine is the right approach. It would allow the city to crack down on rogue dispensaries violating laws and creating nuisances while allowing those suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, muscular dystrophy and other painful and debilitating diseases to continue to receive their medicine.

We must act with compassion and guarantee safe access while at the same time enforcing the rule of law. A one size fits all approach denying the sick and infirm their relief is not the answer. As in much in life, if not politics, the answer lies in compromise. We urge the city council to set aside politics and create a real solution, one that preserves the right of the sick to their medicine in a safe and professional dispensary.

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