On a national level, UFCW represents tens of thousands of cannabis workers across multiple states. UFCW members in the legal cannabis industry work in growing and cultivating facilities, manufacturing and processing facilities, and also in laboratories and dispensaries.
The legal cannabis industry is a newly regulated market that can offer local communities jobs with strong wages and benefits that can’t be outsourced.
The UFCW offers cannabis workers and business owners, along with patients and coalition allies, the opportunity to work together to accomplish shared goals. By crafting and supporting targeted legislative efforts, along with negotiating the best contracts for workers, we’ve been able to set high standards throughout the industry.
Wherever cannabis is legalized, the UFCW is committed to building a successful industry with a thriving, diverse and skilled workforce.
Jobs that pay better wages and provide better benefits—like the ones we represent—are vital to keeping our economy afloat and families out of poverty.
Within UFCW Local 152’s jurisdiction (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland), recreational cannabis is not legal but medical cannabis is.
Stay up to date on the changes to the medical and recreational cannabis laws in our area.
If you know anyone who works in the cannabis industry that is interested in joining our union please contact Chad Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our completely confidential Union Interest Form.
There are currently just six medical cannabis dispensaries in the state of New Jersey (blotted in red on the picture).
Of those six, only one is a unionized facility: Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, NJ.
Medical cannabis continues to rise at a rate of about 100 patients per day. From January to October of 2018 alone, the number of patients in New Jersey doubled to a whopping 34,000 patients. The biggest growth took place in the 65-and-older community.
As of mid-March 2019, the estimated total patients has increased to 42,500. That’s a 25% increase in 5 months!
On Monday, December 17th, the New Jersey Department of Health announced the locations of the six new long-awaited medical cannabis dispensaries, doubling the number of dispensaries in the state. Read the full article.
Building Cannabis Careers
1 – Value
The UFCW seeks to establish a professional livelihood for all our members.
We have a long and proud history of advocacy for workers, their families and the communities they serve in other highly regulated sectors, such as agriculture, pharmaceutical, distillery manufacturing and meat processing.
Through our apprenticeship and safety and health programs, the UFCW works with regulators to ensure high quality products and safe workplaces.
Professionalizing the cannabis industry can offer local communities jobs with strong wages, benefits, and career development opportunities. Across America, communities are benefiting from a thriving cannabis economy. In many of those states, cannabis workers are building professional
careers with the UFCW.
2 – Respect
We’re also building respect for our profession with state and local governments. Together we stand up for:
- Supporting good employers that provide good jobs through smart zoning and licensing rules
- Recognition and training for professionalism,
including jointly-managed apprenticeship training
- Worker-first rules that
protect the safety and security of cannabis
workers, while ensuring accountability in the sale
of a controlled substance
- Promoting workplace and
- Encouraging employer collaborations, highlighting the best practices in the industry.