Cannabis growers unionize: Minnesota medical dispensary agrees to wage contract for July opening

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/KTTC) -- Minnesota's nascent medical marijuana industry is now unionizing, according to a report from Minnesota Public Radio.

The United Food and Commercial Workers says it has organized one of the state's two medical cannabis production facilities.

The union represents a handful of employees at Minnesota Medical Solutions, in Otsego, the first facility expected to be up and running by July 1, the first day medical cannabis can be dispensed in Minnesota. Bernie Hesse, an organizer with UFCW Local 1189, says his union is also talking to LeafLine about organizing staff at its facility in Cottage Grove.

The contract at Minnesota Medical Solutions calls for the head cultivator to earn $2,200 a week. Pharmacy, horticultural and laboratory technicians will make $22 an hour. Custodians will make $18 an hour.

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