B.C. Budtenders Become First Private Cannabis Workers to Unionize in Canada

Article by Ashley Wadhwani, Nelson Star

An example of what it looks like inside a Clarity Cannabis retail shop. (Michael Forbes submitted photo) B.C. budtenders become first private cannabis workers to unionize in Canada Two of seven Clarity Cannabis storefronts vote to join UFCW 1518 union ASHLEY WADHWANI

A group of employees at a B.C. cannabis company have become the first private sector dispensary workers to unionize in Canada.

Staff members at two Clarity Cannabis storefronts in Greater Victoria have joined the United Food and Commercial Workers’ 1518 Local, the union announced Tuesday.

Clarity Cannabis operates five other stores in B.C., including a third location in Greater Victoria, as well as in Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Kamloops and Prince Rupert. The company employs roughly 40 workers across all of its locations.

Also known as budtenders, the staff work in the storefront and assist customers by explaining the various strains and effects of cannabis.

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