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California unions ask state’s Democrats to shut out major cannabis trade group

Published 5 hours ago | By John Schroyer

The California Cannabis Industry Association might have a serious political problem in Sacramento.

Representatives from three labor unions – the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, two Teamsters locals and the California Labor Federation – sent a letter to state Democrats on Wednesday asking lawmakers to shut the CCIA out of future political negotiations regarding the marijuana industry “for the time being.”

The letter was sparked by a recent white paper – “Tips for Cannabis Business Owners Negotiating Labor Peace Agreements” – that the CCIA distributed among its members.

In their letter, the unions lambasted the CCIA’s white paper as “a piece of anti-union literature.” In response, CCIA Executive Director Lindsay Robinson wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that the white paper was not intended to be “anti-union.”

Her organization is one of the largest cannabis industry trade groups in the state and one of the few groups to employ a full-time lobbyist working in Sacramento on various MJ issues.

Labor peace agreements are required under state law for any marijuana company with 20 or more employees, and similar requirements are in place in other states, including New York.

Unions such as the UFCW and Teamsters have also been working to make inroads with the cannabis industry nationally for years and, more often than not, have been political allies, not foes.

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/california-unions-ask-states-democrats-to-shut-out-major-cannabis-trade-group/

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