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Support Medical Cannabis Workers

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.

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.


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