‘Stand up to corporate:’ Cannabis dispensary employees vote to … – Wareham Week

For Thomas Hooper, the grass wasn’t always greener.

In April 2022, Hooper went to work for Nature’s Medicines, a cannabis dispensary with shops in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Mexico, at its newly-opened location at 3119 Cranberry Highway. 

He saw the East Wareham location as his chance to get into the cannabis industry.

“Aside from smoking it,” Hooper said, “I didn’t know too much about cannabis.”

Hooper is Nature’s Medicines’s lead personal service provider. He is responsible for helping consumers decide what strain of cannabis and method of consumption suits their needs. 

Over time, Hooper and his coworkers became disillusioned by Nature’s Medicines’s lack of benefits, sick leave and workplace protections for its employees. 

Their $16 an hour wage, Hooper said, “doesn’t cut it, especially with rent so high.”

Hooper wanted better for his coworkers, so they decided to, in Hooper’s words, “stand up to corporate.” 

On Jan. 4, employees at the East Wareham location voted 6-3 to unionize, joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 328. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is the largest representative of cannabis workers nationwide. 

“We are all in a better mood since the vote,” said Adam Ellis, who has worked

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