While the government continues progressing towards legislation of cannabis, a medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto has signed on to be part of Canada’s private-sector union.
Marijuana dispensaries are currently illegal in the country but Canna Clinic, which employs 40 staff at its Broadview Avenue store, have joined Unifor. The union states this move is a first in Canada for a marijuana dispensary. The staff includes reception, production, supervisors and packaging and retail staff. Unifor has already started to negotiate its first contract with Canna Clinic and hopes it will gain interest from its four other clinics in Toronto, and clinics in Vancouver.
“This is a fast-growing industry, and with the advent of legalization, it is important that the workers have a voice and representation as the sector evolves over the coming years,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Every worker has a right to unionize, no matter the status of an industry and this is an important step forward in the modern workplace. With Unifor these workers will have one of the strongest and most innovative Canadian unions in their corner to help win fair wages and better health and safety provisions.”
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