Local 152 Attends Toms River Council To Oppose Pot Sales Ban

Hugh Giordano at the Toms River council meeting

UFCW Local 152 Organizer Hugh Giordano appeals to the Toms River Township council to reject an ordinance banning marijuana sales. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

UFCW Local 152 attended the Toms River, New Jersey council meeting to oppose legislation that would have banned all Cannabis related jobs. The UFCW on a national level represents workers in both medical and recreational cannabis-related industries.

UFCW Local 152 is committed to standing with Cannabis workers to not only create good jobs, but to also represent them so that their employers pay good wages, good benefits, and fair treatment in a safe work environment.

If you work in the Cannabis industry and want to join UFCW Local 152 please contact Hugh Giordano at 609-680-5718 or contact us via our Union Interest form.


One of our organizers, Hugh Giordano, was featured in an article from the Toms River Shorebeat:

The public hearing on the ordinance, which was introduced last month, took over two hours and drew from a room packed with cannabis legalization activists who urged council members to reconsider their previous positions. The crowd consisted of a diverse array of mostly Toms River residents, with varying ages and backgrounds. The meeting was noticeably better-attended than similar hearings in some smaller Shore towns, with speakers including a labor union leader whose members would transport and deliver legal marijuana.

“The cannabis industry has created good, well-paying jobs,” said Hugh Giordano of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Giordano pushed aside the argument that marijuana could more easily fall into the hands of young people if it is legal. “The Teamsters deliver liquor,” he said. “Do we see Teamsters giving out cases of beer or bottles of liquor every day? Of course not. Because they have a good job.”

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