Wednesday, September 22, 2010
What Do Marijuana, the Teamsters and $54,000 Have In Common?
Medical marijuana is legal in California, but violates Federal law. That fact did not deter the Teamsters because as Marty Frates of the Teamster Local 70 said "We have had our problems, so we've had to diversify" as he talked about membership issues. Of course the Teamsters have long history of not letting the law get in their way.
Proponents of the legalization of marijuana point to this as further legitimizing their move. Opponents call it an embarassment to the State of California and the city of Oakland. Actually they called Oakland an embarassement to the State of California as well. Oakland has one of the country's laxest attitudes toward marijuana. (Makes one wonder if the smog over Oakland is really from cars or not.)
By the way, the contract negotiated also include benefits and a pension. I wonder if they have some similar benefits to the brewery companies in being able to sample products at lunch and take a case home?
Certainly conjurs up images of Cheech & Chong doesn't it. Well it would if you were my age.. some of you will have no idea what I am talking about... LOL