US (MI): Officials want unions to play role in state's new cannabis industry

More than 30 people, including attorneys, “bud-tenders,” growers, edible manufacturers, medical cannabis caregivers, politicians and marijuana patients, gave comment during a hearing on Michigan marijuana draft rules that could be in place by May.

Many meeting comments centered on the labor peace agreement clause that was added to proposed final rules, and the majority of those commenting were in favor of it.

“A labor peace agreement is an agreement between an operator and a recognized labor organization just to ensure that both sides come to the table,” Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo said, “that the business owner won’t stand in the way of organization by the staff of the facility and that the labor organization wouldn’t push the labor force into a strike situation.”

Geoffrey Lawrence, a policy fellow with the Libertarian Reason Foundation; Robin Schneider, director of the 200-business-member Michigan Cannabis Industry Association; Steve Linder, director of the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association; and cannabis legalization pioneer Tim Beck, who called the inclusion of a force union agreement a “cockamamie idea," spoke in opposition to the rule.


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