The UFCW is the nation’s largest union of workers in cannabis-related businesses, with 10,000 members and growing. Because of federal restrictions, cannabis workers face unique economic, health and safety challenges. When employers and their employees gain access to conventional banking, workers get the economic security of a steady paycheck, as well as the peace of mind knowing their payroll taxes and benefits are being properly funded.
Big corporations are gearing up to control the cannabis sector. But in this unique moment, we have the opportunity to ensure a newly legalized industry is one that provides good jobs, supports states’ budgets, and brings healing to communities most impacted by past policies and laws. The UFCW believes that it is essential that the cannabis industry operates under labor-friendly standards that promote safety, equity, justice, and economic security for its workers and consumers.
- Deschedule cannabis and fund social equity programs for individuals and communities most harmed by the war on drugs
- Allow banks to serve cannabis businesses without risking federal prosecution
- Ensure strong job standards for all cannabis jobs
Specific legislation includes: SAFE Banking Act, MORE Act