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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.

Dueling Medical Marijuana Rallies Target City Council Before Tuesday's Dispensary Ban Vote -

Los Angeles City Council members are scheduled to vote on a citywide plan to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. on Tuesday, and activists on both sides of the battle came out in full force today to make their cases.

Backed by Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Mitchell Englander, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, the proposed ban would allow primary caregivers and patients to grow and transport marijuana, according to City News Service. Additionally, the measure would permit two to three patients to collectively grow and share cannabis in homes or apartments—not storefronts.


Cannabis Campaign Update

At today's Los Angeles City Council meeting, Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. agreed to continue the items related to medical cannabis. There was no vote on the full dispensary ban put on the table by Council members Jose Huizar and Mitchell Englander. The new date for the vote has been tentatively scheduled for the City Council's regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 24 at 10 am.

Today’s vote continuation allows us more time to build, but must continue to rapidly grow our movement to win a responsible medical cannabis ordinance for Los Angeles.

If you are a nonunion dispensary owner that wants to join, please contact UFCW Local 770 Organizing Director Rigo Valdez (213-201-7120).

Patients and caregivers who want to join our movement - please contact Matt O'Malley (213-201-7124) for more information on how to get involved.

All supporters of safe access, please take a moment to fill out and submit a letter to your L.A. Council member. Like UFCW Medical Cannabis Division on Facebook, for important campaign updates and information.

Reefer madness: committee votes to ban medical marijuana clinics in Los Angeles - KPCC

Medical marijuana clinics would be banned in the city of Los Angeles under an ordinance approved today by the Public Safety Committee.

The proposed ordinance, which still requires approval from the full Los Angeles City Council, would shut down existing dispensaries throughout the city. Angelenos with the proper prescription would be allowed to cultivate marijuana for their personal medicinal use, under the proposal. Residential care facilities and hospices could also continue to provide medical marijuana.

Labor stands up for safe access in LA - SafeAccessNow

Organized labor spoke up on behalf of medical cannabis patients and workers in Los Angeles today. One hundred medical cannabis patients, workers, and advocates gathered on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall for a press conference hosted by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, which represents workers at more than twenty of the most reputable patients’ cooperatives and collectives in the city. UFCW Local 770 called the press conference to oppose a motion by City Council Members Jose Huizar and Mitchell Englander calling for an outright ban on patients’ associations. The motion will be before the Public Safety Committee tomorrow, and may be before the full City Council within days.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally To Stop Proposed Dispensary Ban - CBS

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Medical marijuana advocates rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to sway city leaders from approving a proposed citywide ban on their medication.

KNX 1070′s Margret Carrero reports terminally ill patients and dispensary workers were among those who showed up on the steps of City Hall.