1st Union Cannabis Worker Contract in Oregon at “hi” Branded Dispensary
Cannabis Sativa Inc. (CBDS) today announces that, on behalf of its wholly owned subsidiary, Hi Brands International, Inc. (“HBI”), a Nevada corporation, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Natural Rx Investment Club LLC.
The MOU outlines the branding of dispensaries, products, and product processing/manufacturing under the trademark “hi” and licensing of the “hi” branding for use in product sales and distribution, and marketing of “hi” branded merchandise.
This agreement hopes to capitalize on market opportunities nationwide and worldwide as the market expands for marijuana products due to the legalization of marijuana moving forward nationwide in the United States. Gary Johnson, CEO and President of Cannabis Sativa believes the “hi” brand will be a “cornerstone of the marijuana industry as it moves forward.”
Natural Rx Investment Club LLC, which had been doing business as “Stoney Brothers,” is in the process of rebranding itself as “hi.” New signage is visible at the retail store at Southeast 79th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, Portland, Oregon.
The company plans to open a second location soon in Astoria and also has a state license for a third dispensary in Southeast Portland. Natural Rx Investment Club LLC owns a garden in Sunriver, Oregon, a farm in Amity, Oregon and a research facility in Portland, Oregon. Long-term plans call for developing grow, processing, extract and wholesale operations that eventually would employ dozens of workers.
Natural Rx Investment Club LLC and United Food & Commercial Workers Local 555 recently negotiated a three-year contract on behalf of employees at their Portland dispensary. The initial contract for workers at the newly branded “hi” dispensary provides for wages starting at $15 an hour for cashiers, $20 an hour for trimmers and up to $32 an hour for master cannabis cultivators. The agreement also guarantees paid holidays and vacation days, pension contributions and employer-subsidized health insurance.
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