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    UFCW Local 1776 Keystone State has been a prominent leader in the development of the emerging medical cannabis sector in Pennsylvania and is at the forefront of worker unionization in the industry. Medical cannabis was legalized in Pennsylvania in 2016, creating a future for the state with thousands of new jobs. Cannabis is a newly regulated market that can offer local communities many good jobs with strong wages and benefits.

    UFCW Locals across the United States already represent tens of thousands of workers, with members working in growing and cultivating facilities, manufacturing, processing, and also in laboratories and dispensaries. Here in Pennsylvania, Local 1776KS was very instrumental in creating and securing PA state regulatory support in favor of future UFCW employers that applied for licenses within its jurisdiction. We are supporters of an industry that not only is bringing many new jobs to Pennsylvania but is helping individuals receive a beneficial substance with many benefits. Our union family is proud to be working with cannabis facility employees across the state to organize and represent this newly formed group of workers.

    The UFCW offers cannabis workers and business owners, along with patients and coalition allies, the opportunity to work together to accomplish shared goals. By crafting and supporting targeted legislative efforts, along with negotiating the best contracts for workers, we are giving workers a voice in the workplace and beyond!

    Wherever cannabis is legalized, UFCW Local unions are committed to building a successful industry with a thriving, diverse and skilled workforce.

    Jobs that pay better wages and provide better benefits—like the ones we represent—are vital to keeping our economy afloat and families out of poverty.

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    UFCW meets with cannabis workers!

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    Local 1776KS met with medical cannabis workers at PA Medical Solutions for a general membership meeting! They are working towards their first union contract with the Local. Stay tuned for more info in the future - UFCW is the cannabis union!

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    Check out the great reads below!

    We are compiling a list of interesting articles and commentary on the newly emerging cannabis industry, its challenges, and its victories! Check back often to see what we post next.


    Jun 25, 2019
    No one knows more about the complicated alliance between unions and the cannabis industry than Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oakland’s Oaksterdam University, a marijuana trade school. She calls herself “Patient Zero.” In 2010, major unions were just starting to throw their weight behind weed in California as part of Prop 19, a ballot initiative for recreational marijuana. Jones says an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) walked into the campaign office for Prop 19, a campaign Oaksterdam’s founder spearheaded, and said, “You’re not just a bunch of tree-hugging, crystal-gripping hippies carrying signs. You actually have a statewide campaign on the ballot.”
    Jun 25, 2019
    Half of all medical marijuana permits issued in Pennsylvania are for severe or chronic pain. That's one finding from data obtained by WITF's Transforming Health as the result of a right-to-know request. The Department of Health data breaks down the 105,613 medical marijuana permits issued in Pennsylvania since Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf legalized medical cannabis in 2016. Post-traumatic stress disorder accounts for 14 percent of those permits, the second most-commonly requested qualifying medical condition.
    Jun 25, 2019
    Gov. Tom Wolf needs to take off his rose-colored glasses and face reality. In a recent interview with KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia, Wolf said Pennsylvanians would “like to see some movement” on legalizing marijuana. While it’s true that a recent Franklin & Marshall poll showed 59 percent of Pennsylvanians support legalizing recreational marijuana, up from 22 percent a decade ago, Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature remain overwhelmingly opposed to the change, thus guaranteeing there will be no “movement” on the issue at least for now.
    Jun 25, 2019
    The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday announced that it had approved three companies to grow medical marijuana for research in partnership with medical schools at Drexel, Thomas Jefferson, and Penn State in Hershey, Pa. “This research is essential to providing physicians with more evidence-based research to make clinical decisions for their patients,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said in a news release. "It is the cornerstone of our program and the key to our clinically-based, patient-focused program for those suffering with cancer, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions.”
    Jun 25, 2019
    Company plans cultivation and processing facility in San Juan area and six dispensaries throughout island MINNEAPOLIS, June 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Vireo Health International, Inc. ("Vireo" or the "Company") (VREO.CN), a leading physician-led, science-focused multi-state cannabis company, today announced the acquisition of medical cannabis licenses in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The acquisition is comprised of pre-approvals for licenses to cultivate, process, and sell cannabis products and operate up to six dispensaries. This transaction marks the eleventh market in which Vireo is licensed to grow, manufacture, or sell cannabis products.
    Jun 25, 2019
    Clients operating—or looking to become involved—in the cannabis space face significant challenges: Uncertain legal footing, thin profit margins, tight competition and a stigmatized product, to name but a few. One challenge, however, presents a significant business opportunity for those who are willing to champion the cause: Creating diversity in the cannabis industry. For decades, black and brown communities have been disproportionately affected by the criminalization of cannabis. Studies have repeatedly shown that, while Americans of all races and ethnicities use illicit drugs at roughly the same rates, African Americans are three to four times more likely to be arrested and imprisoned for drug use as compared to their white counterparts. This imbalance had continued even in the face of criminal justice reform. Of the roughly 1,800 people arrested in Philadelphia since the "decriminalization" of marijuana in the city, 81% are African American, against a city population that is only 44% African American.


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