Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workers at Toronto Marijuana Dispensary Canna Clinic Join Unifor, Union Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workers at Toronto Marijuana Dispensary Canna Clinic Join Unifor, Union Says

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Workers at Toronto pot dispensary unionize

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TORONTO - Workers at a medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto's east end have joined Unifor, the country's largest private-sector union.

Forty workers -- including reception, production, supervisors and packaging and retail staff -- at the Broadview Avenue location of Canna Clinic are now represented by the union.

Unifor says it's believed to be the first time that marijuana dispensary workers in Canada have unionized.

Marijuana dispensaries are currently illegal in Canada. The only legal way for Canadian patients to purchase medical marijuana is directly from Health-Canada licensed producers, who ship it via mail.

Unifor president Jerry Dias said all workers have a right to unionize, regardless of an industry's status.

"This is a fast-growing industry, and with the advent of legalization, it is important that the workers have a voice and representation as the sector evolves over the coming years," Dias said in a news release. …

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