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  • Writer's pictureEric

Local 420, indeed.

A proposed rule from the MRA attracted a lot of attention. It directs marihuana businesses to form a "peace agreement" with a local labor union.

“Labor peace agreement means an agreement between a licensee and any bona fide labor organization that, at a minimum, protects the state’s interests by prohibiting labor organizations and members from engaging in picketing, work stoppages, boycotts, and any other economic interference with the applicant’s business.”

The response to this proposed rule has been robust. Michigan state Senator Aric Nesbitt's trolley came completely off the track:

“Are you familiar with what a protection racket is … do you see the similarities here?

One is an agency proposing a rule, like it is supposed to do, and the mafia threatening to kill people. Doesn't seem similar. MRA Director Andrew Brisbo responded:

“With all due respect, that seems like a stretch.”

Gee, ya think? Brisbo further explained:

“There is a fully robust illicit market in Michigan and we’re trying to pull that into the regulated market. The risks of disruption to the regulated environment are challenges for the industry operators and consumers, but could have specific impacts on the public health and safety” if consumers return to the black market for their marijuana products."

Like any other proposed rule, this one is subject to the notice and comment period where the public can voice their opinion on the proposed rules. What do you think?

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