Medical marijuana company unionizes

Workers at a California medical marijuana company recently voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first-ever contract.

The 38 workers with Marjyn Investments in Oakland are now represented by Teamsters Local 70.

Marjyn is a management company retained by multiple cooperatives organized under California laws for the purpose of providing patient access to medical marijuana.

The workers are trimmers, gardeners and cloners. Cloners clone different strains of marijuana, depending on its medical needs, said Lou Marchetti, the business agent for Local 70, which organized the workers and negotiated the contract. Marjyn Investments provides medical marijuana used by patients suffering from cancer, HIV and other life threatening illnesses.

Rome Aloise, President of Joint Council 7 and Western Region vice president, praised the work of Local 70.

“The Local was approached by these workers to organize and Local 70 accomplished this goal very quickly,” Aloise said. “The Teamsters will provide these workers with the best representation possible.”

From WiG and AP reports.