New York’s industry-altering Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act includes an apparent mandate that cannabis retailers enter into, maintain, and adhere to a “Labor Peace Agreement” with a labor union in order to legally grow, distribute or sell cannabis products in New York — a requirement applicants for all license classes should approach carefully. The law, enacted March 31, expands New York’s medicinal cannabis program and makes it the latest state to legalize recreational cannabis use. It also sets the regulatory scheme for the cannabis market, establishing the New York State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) to oversee and manage the registration, license, and permit process for market participants. A Labor Peace Agreement (LPA) generally requires its signatory employer to remain “neutral” in a union organizing effort initiated by the signatory union.
Sean Hocking, Cannabis Law Report, 04/29/2021 21:49:00