WeedWeek reporter Hilary Corrigan looks at the escalating tensions in Massachusetts between unions who seek to organize the industry, and the companies pushing to keep big labor out:
“As states legalize cannabis across the country, unions see an opportunity to ensure solid wages and safe working conditions at the dawn of a high-growth industry. The national UFCW started its Cannabis Workers Rising campaign in 2010. According to its website, the union represents tens of thousands of cannabis workers across multiple states.”
Also in New England, a federal judge ruled against Portland, Maine’s efforts to prioritize REC licenses for state-owned businesses over Wellness Connection, a company affiliated with MSO Acreage Holdings.