Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Union-label marijuana: The theme song

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

In this week's Higher Ground column, Larry Gabriel writes about the unionization of compassion clubs in Michigan's thumb region, following earlier unionization in California and elsewhere.

The column begins:

Good old union-label marijuana.

That notion may seem a bit fantastic. When union members and marijuana come up in the same sentence it's usually embarrassing to the union. But change is in the air along with the marijuana smoke. As the business of medical marijuana burgeons across the country — last week Delaware became the 16th state to legalize medical marijuana — and employs more people, the question of union organizing was bound to be called. Last week, Teamsters Local Council 43 announced that it had answered the call and organized 23 workers at three locations of Michigan's Blue Water Compassion Center through a card check process. [Read more.]

And Gabriel concludes:

Maybe the old International Ladies Garment Workers Union anthem will be appropriate and medical marijuana patients will be able to "look for the union label" when purchasing their medication.

Turns out that Saturday Night Live was hitting that riff way back in 1977.


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