UFCW5 organizes four new Cannabis Dispensaries in one month
Since the passage of Prop. 215 in 1998 California has been ground zero for the cannabis industry. UFCW Local 5 along with other locals in California and the International union have been at the forefront of the legalization movement. Soon after voters passed Prop. 64 in 2016 in California, many legal cannabis businesses began to open up across the state. Just in local 5’s jurisdiction there are over 900 licensed cannabis businesses operating. Every month more cities and counties are beginning to license cannabis businesses, the potential for growth is huge.
UFCW Local 5 already represented members who work in the cannabis industry. The workers at Magnolia Wellness in Oakland and Vallejo Holistics in Vallejo have been members of UFCW 5 since the early 2010’s.
In the past month four new dispensaries have joined UFCW local 5. The workers who work at MedMen in San Jose, MedMen in Seaside, Blum in Oakland and Reef/Have-a-Heart in Santa Cruz overwhelmingly voted to join UFCW 5. With these results UFCW 5’s cannabis division has doubled in size.
UFCW 5’s organizing department will be concentrating its efforts on organizing workers in the cannabis industry from King City to Eureka and points in between in the coming years. The potential to build upon the recent organizing successes in the cannabis industry are large. Some reports project up to 10,000 jobs being created in the cannabis industry just in the Bay Area, and with laws friendly to workers’ organizing (which were created by UFCW members visiting Sacramento and their local city halls and Boards of Supervisors)there is a great potential for new UFCW members to join cannabis.
Please welcome our new members in the dispensaries listed above and be on the lookout for future organizing successes.