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UFCW Applauds New Report Outlining an Equitable, Constitutional and Just Future for the Cannabis Industry

October 27, 2023 Updated: November 13, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.2 million workers across North America, including cannabis workers, released the following statement on a recently released report from the leading drug policy think tank Parabola Center for Law and Policy titled How to Federally Legalize Cannabis Without Violating the Constitution or Undermining Equity and Justice.

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“As America’s largest cannabis union, we believe we are at a critical time for the industry. As cannabis continues to grow and expand throughout the U.S., it can do so in a way that is positive for workers and consumers alike or it can take a path that so many other industries have, where a few large companies wield control over the entire industry. 

“This report proves that there is a constitutional path toward a future where the cannabis industry empowers workers and local communities, safeguards state programs, lays the groundwork for social equity, and prohibits predatory market consolation. 

“We have the road map to a brighter, more just future but without specific action from Congress, that future is at risk. We call on all elected leaders to take action on these recommendations and help shape the cannabis industry in a way that benefits all workers and consumers instead of a privileged few companies.”  

Report Background:

The report lays the blueprint for Congressional reform of federal cannabis law in a way that: 

  • Safeguards workers’ rights
  • Protects against monopolies
  • Encourages high wages 
  • Provides greater access to the industry for historically marginalized communities. 

For more information on the UFCW’s work across the cannabis industry, visit ufcw.org/cannabis


The UFCW International is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.2 million workers and their families in grocery, meatpacking, food processing, healthcare, cannabis, retail, and other essential industries. UFCW members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org.

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