4/20: The High of Supporting Good Jobs


By Kelly Ross

Every year on April 20 tens of thousands of people celebrate a rather unconventional holiday. 4/20 pays homage the controversial drug cannabis, more commonly known as marijuana. It originated in Northern California (4:20 p.m. was the time a group would meet after school to smoke) and has now become generally associated with pot-related revelry. But this year, we’re putting a union twist on the day.

Federal law prohibits any use of this illicit drug. However, more and more states are opting to legalize cannabis for medical use. California is one of them, and here in Los Angeles there are dozens of dispensaries that are represented by the UFCW. This means you already have a choice to support good jobs in a rapidly growing industry. Search our Los Angeles directory here and see which ones are closest to you (enter “dispensary” in the search bar).

The drug has been used to treat and relieve symptoms of epileptic seizures, Crohn’s Disease, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, PTSD and countless other medical conditions. Several states including Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington have even chosen to legalize marijuana for recreational use. While the laws around this drug remain murky, thousands of people will be lighting up today and embracing the high that comes with this popular drug.

By choosing a union dispensary you are making the conscious decision to support good jobs and to help promote the middle class.

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