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Cannabis Workers in Washington State Join Together with UFCW Local 367

July 21, 2014 Updated: September 9, 2020

Newly-organized staff at Dutch Masters
Newly-organized staff at Dutch Masters

Workers at Dutch Master’s Organic Gardens, a medical cannabis collective in Puyallup, Wash., have become dues-paying members of UFCW Local 367 through a voluntary card check process. These Patient Consultants are the first in Washington State to find a union voice through the UFCW’s Cannabis Workers Rising Project.

“From my experience in caring for nursing home patients, I have seen the positive difference access to medical cannabis has had on my patients’ quality of life.  Joining the union is our way of assuring that our patients’ will be continue to have access to medical cannabis by bringing stability to medical cannabis dispensaries in Washington,” said Lorissa Meyer, who works as a Patient Consultant.

With the arrival of legalized recreational marijuana and changing state regulations, medical cannabis workers are looking to make sure their voices are not left out. By joining UFCW Local 367, they have an organized voice on the issues that concern them most.

Dutch Master’s, the workers, and the union are now negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement.