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                                               Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Join Union

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Union officials say hundreds of Colorado medical marijuana workers have joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to get more political clout.

Dispensary representatives say the union label fits because they believe medical marijuana is part of the retail health care, agriculture, and food processing industry.

The Colorado union chapter has about 25,000 members representing grocery, pharmacy, agriculture workers, food processors, meat cutters, textile workers, and health care workers.

It is the largest union in Colorado.

The union said the medical cannabis retail industry employs more than 8,000 workers and contributes tens of millions of tax dollars to the Colorado economy.