Friday, May 28, 2010

Only in California!

In November we California voters will have a chance to approve a proposition that will legalize recreational marijuana use by adults. I don’t know what the odds are that the measure will pass, but certainly it’ll have my vote.

But that’s not my ‘Only in California’ moment for today. The distinction belongs to a news item I read this morning telling me that a major labor union is organizing medical cannabis workers in Oakland. This move is an obvious precursor to a statewide organizing effort that will occur if we pro-pot voters prevail.

The union in the forefront of this creative initiative is the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 in San Jose. They already have 26,000 members and are eager to embrace thousands more that may soon be working in the legal dope sector.

Full disclosure: Long ago when the world and I were young I was a member of the Retail Food Clerks Union in Alameda County. I worked for Lucky Stores as a checker. But that’s a tale for another day. Here the relevance is that grocery store employees dominate the grass organizers membership. So marijuana aside, I have an affinity for these toilers at the checkstand.

In this case, though, the possibilities go beyond the check out line. There is talk of unionizing the new cannabis-processing jobs that will come into existence. And what about the agriculture growing part of the business? And security guards where the goods are dispensed? And they are considering a job classification called ‘bud tender,’ a kind of pot sommelier who can cater to your particular needs and tastes. I love it!

So remember – if you live in California vote ‘yes’ on the Control and Tax Cannabis Initiative in November.


Anonymous Gail Moore said...

Well, good for you, Dan! I'll definitely be voting pro come November.

9:55 AM  

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