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UFCW Local 342

145.4 billion

The projected global legal marijuana market is projected to hit $145.4 billion by 2025.

Caret 21%

Cannabis job growth expected to average 21% a year through 2022.

Caret 10.7%

The median salary for cannabis workers is 10.7% higher than the median salary in the US.

A growing industry.

Our union family has been proud to help lead the development and stabilization of the emerging cannabis sector through our innovative Cannabis Workers Rising campaign, which has existed since 2010.

We represent 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.

UFCW members in the cannabis industry work predominantly in dispensaries, coffee shops, bakeries, patient identification centers, hydroponics stores, and growing and training facilities. We have been a key leader in coalitions and advocacy groups that work for real change at all levels of policy and have been instrumental in working to advocate for the good jobs provided by the medical cannabis 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.

Issues facing cannabis workers

How to get better wages and benefits

How to get better wages and benefits

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Improving public health

Improving public health

Prioritizing health care and public health keeps our workers and communities healthy and safe. Nobody can afford to be without them.

Workplace safety & keeping workers safe

Workplace safety & keeping workers safe

No one should be injured at work, that’s why the UFCW is a national leader in the fight for safer workplaces.

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