Maine medical marijuana workers unionize
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) -- Employees at Maine's largest medical marijuana dispensary group have unionized, but the head of the company that employs more than 40 people won't say if they'll recognize the union.
Barbara Heap, an employee of the Wellness Connection of Maine, who works at the connection's Auburn growing facility, says a majority of the employees have joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, a national group with 1.3 million members, mostly in meat and food-packing industries.
The announcement came days after the Maine Department of Health and Human Services determined Wellness Connection violated 20 state laws and rules, many surrounding pesticide applications.
Maine Today Media reports Wellness Connection Executive Director Becky DeKeuster wouldn't say if the company would recognize the union.