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by Andrew Mangini
Vireo Health and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW announce discount program for NY union members

New York, NY – Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo”) and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW announced the State’s first medical marijuana union discount program for more than 2.5 million union members and retirees throughout New York State. Beginning Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd, union members and retirees living and working in New York will be eligible for $25 off their first purchase of medical marijuana products and a 10 percent discount on all future purchases at Vireo’s four dispensaries or through the Company’s free home delivery service. Union members will also be provided with educational information about medical marijuana and be invited to participate in tailored workshops. Vireo was the first medical marijuana company in the state to sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement and all the Company’s products are produced and dispensed by Local 338 members. “This program is designed to make our products more affordable and to educate New York’s union members about the medicinal benefits of marijuana as an alternative to opioids,” said Ari Hoffnung, Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health of New York. “Vireo and Local 338 share a deep commitment to ensuring that jobs created by New York’s cannabis industry are well-paying and that employees are treated with dignity and respect.” “Local 338 has a proud and long history of encouraging its members to shop union, and we are actively encouraging those members certified as medical marijuana patients to only shop at unionized dispensaries, like those managed by Vireo,” said John R. Durso, President of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW and the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “We cannot support retailers – supermarkets, pharmacies and dispensaries – that do not offer family sustaining wages and benefits to their employees.” "The New York State AFL-CIO applauds Vireo Health of New York for its commitment to creating well-paying, solid jobs and for recognizing the importance of working men and women to have a voice in their workplace,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. “Members of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW deserve the dignity and respect that goes along with a collective bargaining agreement, and the new partnership with Vireo to provide discounts to union members is yet another example of the many benefits that come with union membership." “The partnership between Vireo Health of New York and Local 338 RWDSU will make access to medical cannabis more affordable for union members, enabling eligible workers and their families to enjoy a greater quality...

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by Andrew Mangini
News 12: State Dept. of Health report supports legalization of marijuana

NYACK - A new report from state health officials is recommending the legalization of marijuana. Under a directive from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state Department of Health has been weighing the...

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by Andrew Mangini
Daily Gazette: Health Department report supports legal recreational marijuana

Positive impact would outweigh potential negatives, report concludes By John Cropley ALBANY — The state Department of Health issued a report Friday supporting the legalization of marijuana for recreational use...

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by Andrew Mangini
STATEMENT: Vireo Health of New York CEO Ari Hoffnung responds to Health Department marijuana impact assessment

The following statement can be attributed to Ari Hoffnung, Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health of New York, one of only 10 organizations licensed in the state to grow, cultivate,...

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by Andrew Mangini
News 12: Medical marijuana to be used to treat opioid use in NY

YONKERS - Officials say opioid use will now be one of 13 qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New York. According to the New York state Department of Health, medical marijuana...

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