Med.-marijuana advocates get new union ally

Bloomberg News
Medical-marijuana advocates lobbying Congress got powerful new allies last week to help them make the case for getting federal prosecutors to back off: labor leaders. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



POLITICS

Med.-marijuana advocates get new union ally

Bloomberg News
Posted 3/4/13

Medical-marijuana advocates lobbying Congress got powerful new allies last week to help them make the case for getting federal prosecutors to back off: labor leaders.

The 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents meat packers, retail and grocery employees, is joining with advocates for pot dispensaries to push the Justice Department to ease off on those that sell the drug where it’s permitted locally. If that happens, legal cannabis – projected to reach almost $9 billion in sales in several years – could be a growth area for unions struggling to find new members.

“We’re in uncharted territory here, and the union could play a critical role,” Harley Shaiken, who teaches on labor and the international economy at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an interview. “On some level, whether it’s a supermarket or a marijuana dispensary, you’ve got similar issues in the workplace.”

Pot used to ease pain related to ailments such as cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis was a $1.7 billion market in 2011, and may increase to $8.9 billion in five years, according to a report from See Change Strategy LLC of Olney, Md., that was financed by American Cannabis Research Institute.

There are almost 25 million potential patients eligible for medical marijuana under current state laws, according to See Change. While 19 states or localities, including Rhode Island, have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis, the drug remains illegal under federal law. •

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Estate and Corporate Income Taxes are changing next year, and business owners and executives should know the details. The PBN Summit on November 6th will provide those details and more - including how much Obamacare's Employer Mandate could cost.
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement