Vireo’s Maryland medical marijuana workers ratify union pact

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Multistate cannabis operator Vireo Health on Tuesday announced that employees at its wholly owned subsidiary in Maryland, MaryMed, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a collective-bargaining agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27.

The three-year agreement marks the first medical cannabis union contract ratified in Maryland, according to Vireo.

In October, the Minnesota-based company also signed the first cannabis labor pact in Pennsylvania.

The Maryland agreement will cover employees working in Vireo’s 20,000-square-foot Hurlock, Maryland, manufacturing facility, which supplies medical cannabis products to third-party dispensaries throughout the state.

Provisions of the contract, according to Vireo, include:

  • Competitive starting wages.
  • Access to health care.
  • Guaranteed annual wage increases.
  • Paid time off.