ST. PAUL — The union that represents thousands of Minnesota food workers is celebrating its newest members — the state’s medical marijuana workers.
Employees at Otsego-based Minnesota Medical Solutions have ratified a contract under the auspices of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1189, best known for representing supermarket employees and food processing workers, the union said.
“We’re pretty excited about it because we think the industry is going to develop,” union spokesman Bernie Hesse said. “As patients sign up and get registered, we think the patient population will grow in Minnesota, in terms of different illnesses or conditions that can be treated using cannabis-based medicine.”
Minnesota’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries are scheduled to start opening in July, and the union will represent workers at four, Hesse said. [Read More at Duluth News Tribune]