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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approve First-Ever Oregon Contract For Marijuana Workers

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder
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Workers at Stoney Brothers, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Oregon and have joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Oregon.

“With our new contract, I am excited to have paid holidays and vacation time,” said Kyle Maestra, a site manager at Stoney Brothers. ”That is unusual in the cannabis industry.”

The three-year contract includes salaries starting at $15/hour with some making as high as $34/hour, regular raises, affordable health insurance through a multi-employer fund, pension contributions, paid vacations and sick leave, as well as seniority and grievance protections.

“All workers deserve the benefits of a union contract,” said Dan Clay, President of Local 555, “and workers in the cannabis industry are no different. Starting with the workers at Stoney Brothers, we can build a home-grown Oregon cannabis industry that respects workers and provides good, family-supporting jobs.”

Workers at Stoney Brothers have expressed excitement about their industry-leading compensation package.

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In Major Shift, Israel Will Begin Selling Medical Marijuana at Pharmacies

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Israel's Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman announced on Monday that medical marijuana will now be available at pharmacies with a prescription. 

According to the Times of Israel, cannabis will be prescribed and supervised liked narcotic medications—and the move will ease pressure on overcrowded dispensaries. 

“Today pharmacies give out all kind of drugs, including narcotics such as morphine, and it’s done in a perfectly orderly fashion," Litzman said. "So marijuana will be handled the same way. It will be prescribed and monitored by the same standards as other medications.”

In addition, the decision will allow more doctors to prescribe cannabis—a practice that had been reserved only for special Ministry of Health appointed physicians  and had been criticized for its bureaucratic obstacles. 

MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) thanked Litzman for his "revolutionary" decision. 

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Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 2015 by THCFinder


Australia may legalize medical marijuana in August

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

A Senate committee representing all Australia’s major parties is preparing a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill to legalize medical marijuana, despite warnings of regulatory complications with both Australian and international law, a report says.

The committee includes the Coalition (the Liberal Party, the National Party, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, and Queensland Liberal branch the Liberal National Party), the Labor Party and crossbench senators. They will “strongly recommend” parliament pass a cross-party bill setting up a medical marijuana regulator, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, citing Fairfax Media sources close to the legislation debate.

Today, over two-thirds of Australians support the idea of medical marijuana use and only 9 percent oppose it, a recent survey by Palliative Care Australia has found.

The leader of Australia Greens, Richard Di Natale, initiated the bill in November last year. The committee received the bill in February and after conducting public hearings and attracting nearly 200 public submissions, it is set to present its report on August 10.

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