By Ross Lenihan

With Earth Day fast approaching, America is preparing to honor the greenest holiday outside Christmas. Coincidentally, today is also 4/20, a “green” holiday of another sort. With recreational cannabis use now legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., and proposals to do the same in 10 more states likely coming in November 2016, labor issues are becoming more and more relevant in the cannabis industry.

By Ross Lenihan

Just last month, workers with South Coast Safe Access, the first licensed marijuana dispensary in Orange County, California, organized via UFCW 324. The labor contract guarantees minimum starting pay of $13.50 with benefits, vacation, and pension contributions. Union organizing is a strong sign of normalizing cannabis as a professional – and legitimate – industry. National Weed Day is tomorrow (4/20) and we think these organization efforts are something to celebrate.