FBI: Marijuana Union Organizer Took Bribes, Rigged Process

CALIFORNIA: A Harley-Davidson-riding union organizer — once hailed as a “Superman” by the California cannabis movement — has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly taking bribes and rigging the union organizing process.

Oakland native Dan Rush, 54, an organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers, arrived on the medical marijuana scene in 2010 at a crucial moment. Via the union’s political connections, Rush offered the emerging legalization movement and nascent medical marijuana industry legitimacy. 

But before a single shop had been organized, Rush took $600,000 in loans from a dispensary operator, money spent at Indian casinos and to pay local Hells Angels cell phone bills, according to an affidavit filed in federal court by the FBI. These loans were never repaid. Instead, Rush offered his creditors services, like ensuring union endorsements or rigging the organizing process against workers, the FBI alleges. 

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