UFCW Back for Another Legal Marijuana Hit

California United Food and Commercial Worker members beware! The drug addicts in your store, the people driving on your roads while high, that friend of yours that never stops talking about how much better it would be if “weed were legal, man…”- all of these are supported by your union! In fact, the UFCW is actively reaching out and joining coalitions of other pro-marijuana groups, and they’re spending your dues money on it.

Following up on our previous post about the United Food and Commercial Worker’s support of legalized marijuana, the UFCW is back again to lobby for federal recognition of California’s marijuana legalization. And this time, they brought some friends:

In response to Obama’s visit, Northern California leaders in the cannabis community united today with Bay Area elected officials, patients, and business owners prior to an Obama campaign fundraiser in San Francisco to discuss the ramifications of the administration’s latest offensive against California’s medical marijuana community and to call for federal policy reform. In a first-time press conference presenting a united front, leaders including… representatives of the UFCW Local 5 were present.

Apparently, the UFCW has been busy forging a coalition with other pro-marijuana legalization groups, and they lend their authority as a union to the movement. UFCW Local 5’s Matthew Witemyre, a Special Projects Union Representative, had this to say: “If the federal government closes commercial dispensaries and collectives in California, thousands of hardworking and taxpaying citizens across the state will lose their jobs in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

The timing of this meeting is rather interesting, given that Obama has declared October 2011 as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. In case the UFCW has forgotten, marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 narcotic under the federal Controlled Substances Act, where Schedule 1 is defined as a substances with “a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision”.

Unfortunately for the UFCW, Obama’s Administration has not reacted too positively to their concerns, and recently shot down a petition to legalize marijuana on their online petition site:

…Marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory disease, and cognitive impairment. We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms. Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health – especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20’s. …neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition.

These kinds of facts are definitely a buzz-kill, but still necessary to understand in context of UFCW’s support of medical marijuana. Their continued support of this dangerous substance endangers the lives of their members, as well as the citizens of California.

Bottom line- the UFCW needs to focus its efforts on issues that impact their dues-paying members, and prioritize efforts that will produce better working conditions rather than fighting an administration that shows no sign of changing on this issue. Their continued waste of time and focus ultimately hurts all of their members- something UFCW workers simply cannot afford.

H/T Labor Union Report

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