This may be the best news the illegal drug market ever had.

The headline: Medical marijuana growers join Teamsters union

In California, the teamsters have organized 40 marijuana workers. They work as gardeners, trimmers and cloners. It’s not clear how labor laws will apply to this situation, since medical marijuana is legal in California but is still a federal crime. Still, the workers got a new contract and a raise.

Jimmy Hoffa would be so proud.

So what’s it mean? Well, Warner Todd Huston wrote earlier today:

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The good news today is that we may finally see the violence and agitation in which Teamsters have for so long been embroiled come to a mellow end because California’s pot growers have joined the union. Maybe the dopers will spread the mellow?

…Nah. More likely the dopers will just become more militant and start beating up non-union drug dealers.

I’m not so sure. Considering what unions have done for the automotive industry, and for the public sector…”medical” marijuana might be five times as expensive and half as effective five years from now as your average illegal joint. This may be the best news the underground drug trade has ever heard.

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