After circulating an anti-union white paper amongst its membership, the California Cannabis Industry Association is experiencing major Capitol backlash. Both the California Labor Federation and state’s International Brotherhood of Teamsters have asked state Dems not to work with the organization.
“When I saw this white paper from CCIA, I was very disappointed and frankly worried about what the future holds,” said Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), a force in weed policy.
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- According to the labor organizations’ letter, the CCIA, which represents 500 companies, including ancillary businesses, published a document that undermines the legal requirement that licensed businesses with more than 20 employees enter into a “labor peace agreement” which gives employees the opportunity to organize.
- The circulated document, called “Tips for Cannabis Business Owners negotiating a Labor Peace,” includes ideas for interfering with the state’s labor peace component and alleges that unionized shops limit flexibility and drive up costs.
CCIA executive director Lindsay Robinson called sending the document a mistake and said the white paper has been retracted.
- Kern County has three measures on Tuesday’s ballot, two of which are competing MED measures. The local media outlet of record has endorsed Measure E which prevents all traditional market dispensaries from reopening and relegates dispensaries to industrial zones. Very Bakersfield. Bakersfield.com
- If growing cannabis based on the moon’s cycles intrigues you, have a look inside the Merced farm run by the inimitable Sister Kate. In addition to unusual cultivation processes, this Sister of the Valley has status as guest on the greatest WeedWeek podcast episode you’ve most likely never heard. Tuff Gong
A Santa Barbara attorney on Thursday filed a class-action lawsuit against multiple Carpinteria cultivators, alleging that Carpentaria residents are being harmed by fumes wafting from the area’s outdoor REC farms. Allergies and worsened asthma are said to be resulting from the smell.
“Burning eyes, a lot of respiratory issues,” have resulted from the smell, according to plaintiff Greg Gandrud. “My spouse has asthma that’s been made much, much worse. Sore throats, headaches, coughing. I have difficulty breathing, sometimes.” KEYT
- That litigants say Santa Barbara County Supervisors have approved laws that are too lenient, and are unresponsive when laws are broken. Their suit demands that cultivators use “carbon-based filtration methods” and seal their greenhouses.
- The suit comes as Supervisor Das Williams faces heightened criticism from challenger Laura Capp that he’s too cozy with cannabis. Williams and Capp face off at the polls on Tuesday.
And the Weedy goes to...
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Oregon has a dispensary for every 5,500 adult residents. Colorado has one for every 4,200. And how many retail outlets does the Worldwide Leader in Weed offer its grown-up citizens? A single retailer for every 35,000 adults 21 years old and older.
Many reasons keep California’s tangle of licensing rules borderline unnavigable. On Wednesday, San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced a bill that would simplify the licensing process. San Francisco Chronicle
- Assembly Bill 2456 would have the Bureau of Cannabis Control develop an ordinance model for cities and counties to follow.
- The elder-care union, United Domestic Workers of America, supports the bill, saying thousands of their patients are being harmed by legal weed’s statewide scarcity.