Wonder why the Democrats are suddenly pushing marijuana?

Woooah, man, that's a union rally!

Woooah, man, that’s a union rally!

Labor unions have cut a deal with the growers.

A study by Washington state’s Office of Financial Management said legalization could result in $1 billion in sales per year in the state, which is home to about 2 percent of the U.S. population.

For people like Dan Rush, who leads the UFCW’s cannabis division, the numbers hint at big things to come for the marijuana industry.

“Since Election Day, we’ve had a rush to join the union” in states where marijuana is sold legally, said Rush, who has become a key player in the union’s efforts to promote the legal use of the drug. “I can’t keep up,” he said. “That’s a direct result of the best poll in the world being Election Day.”

Rush said that if the industry expands, as he and others hope, it would support jobs across the country, from growers to truck drivers to carpenters to retail clerks.

The scale of the business could rival that of a major U.S. crop or the alcohol industry, according to UFCW officials who estimate that 100,000 workers could be added to their union in California alone.

By joining a union, marijuana workers could have more sway in pressing for higher pay and benefits such as healthcare.

Unlike business owners in other industries who typically view unions warily, some legal marijuana retailers welcome the prospect of a unionized workforce – for now, at least.

Marijuana retailers have invited the UFCW into their shops. They think the union could give legitimacy to their business and support against competitors who, the retailers say, undercut the industry’s standing by operating outside the law.

Ultimately, this will solve the drug problem as the union does for that industry what it’s done for the rest; in the meantime, it provides a useful insight into what the Democrats are doing and why they’re doing it.

In politics, there’s always the stated purpose and the real purpose and until now, I couldn’t figure out why the Democrats were mounting a national drive to legalize dope. Insert the magic word “union” into it and it all makes sense.

 

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8 responses to “Wonder why the Democrats are suddenly pushing marijuana?

  1. KrazyKat

    So why don’t the gun makers allow all of their workforces to organize and the Dems will leave the guns alone, no?

    • Well I figure the government has a strong interest in a boozed-up, stoned population: they’re easy to control. An angry armed citizenry, not so much.

    • Anonymous

      Guns require excellent quality and quality control. Quality and unions are mutually exclusive.

      • Mickster

        No idea what your comment means..”guns require excellent quality and quality control”…what are YOU smoking?

        • Well I get it, Mickster, except that the commenter left out “The manufacture” at the beginning of the sentence, and was in response to the previous suggestion that gun makers unionize to get the Democrats on their side. Unions and poor quality control? Ask me about VW’s first foray into manufacturing in the US back in the late 70s and its decision to let the UAW into its Pennsylvania plant. You may notice that VW no longer has a factory in Pennsylvania.

  2. Fred2

    I love it, violent stoner union goons vs. violent stoner mobsters, competing on price and quality.

    Someone make some popcorn.

    I’m especially going to enjoy the mom & pop stoner operations who will have been cheering this, getting visits from health and safety goons, union goons, the tax vampires and all the other accoutrements of legality and putting them out of business with bureaucracy. Sweet!