Proposed Michigan cannabis union rule under fire

Marijuana regulators in Michigan are being criticized by some business groups for proposing an administrative rule that marijuana businesses must enter into labor peace agreements with unions as a condition for licensing to grow, sell or distribute cannabis.

Adult-use marijuana sales began Dec. 1 in Michigan, which also has a legal medical cannabis market.

Labor unions frequently seek peace agreements so cannabis business owners remain neutral when a union seeks to organize workers.

Republican lawmakers aligned with business groups are questioning why Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) would propose such a requirement and whether it was ordered by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.

Sen. Aric Nesbitt, a Republican and chair of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee, pressed the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which includes the MRA, to quash the proposed rule, describing it as a “mob style protection racket” for labor unions.

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