By Richard Fowler, Forbes on November 22, 2022
As more legal cannabis dispensaries open their doors throughout the country, the likelihood that unionized workers might be behind the counter is becoming more of a reality. Whether they advise customers on new strains, cultivate marijuana crops, or secure dispensaries, these newly unionized workers stand at the cutting edge of an emerging and rapidly expanding industry.
Zion Grey-El is one of those unionized workers. As a “budtender” at Have a Heart Recreational Cannabis Dispensary in Tacoma, Washington, his pathway to unionization started with employment as a dispensary security guard at a non-unionized store. With experience as an army medic and a self-described curiosity for cannabis healing properties, Grey-El became part of the industry with unique opportunities.
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