Cannabis Economy Peace Laws Spread, Fertilizing Union Growth

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Interstate commerce of cannabis is prohibited because it remains illegal under federal law. That guarantees every state where cannabis is legal must have its own seed-to-sale industry, protecting job growth from foreign outsourcing and consolidation by major corporations.

More states are passing laws that support the possibility of organized labor in the cannabis industry. But there’s a chance that legal challenges could eliminate the pro-union initiatives.

Joining California, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia enacted recreational cannabis laws that make it difficult for employers to interfere with union campaigns organizing bud tenders and other marijuana workers. 

For companies to receive the state’s permission to sell cannabis, the laws typically require a hands-off approach to union organizing efforts. Labor law observers said that may conflict the a U.S. Supreme court ruling that prevents states from regulating certain aspects of labor-management relations in the private sector.

Interstate commerce of cannabis is prohibited because it remains illegal under federal law, noted David Belsky, founder and CEO of FlowerHire, a cannabis recruiting agency. That guarantees every state where cannabis is legal must have its own seed-to-sale industry, protecting job growth from foreign outsourcing and consolidation by major corporations, he said.

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