Cannabis Industry Seen as a Target for Union Expansion

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When recreational cannabis was legalized in New Jersey in February 2021, the law included agreements to protect workers’ union organizing efforts. At this time, six states have statutes that require or encourage labor peace agreements for licensed medical or recreational cannabis businesses. The cannabis industry is seeing a need for unions as more workers are hired and more states legalize. Modern Cannabis dispensary in Chicago unionized in 2021, and many other businesses in the city have done the same. In 2020, the industry brought in a total of between $17.5B and $21.3B and provided between 240,000 and 321,000 full-time jobs.

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The cannabis industry is seeing a need for unions as more workers are hired and more states legalize. There is an increasing call from workers for better conditions, wages, and benefits, and unions are getting interested. 

Cannabis is continually bringing in more money for the U.S. economy. In 2020, the industry brought in a total of between $17.5B and $21.3B and provided between 240,000 and 321,000 full-time jobs. It is projected to reach $41B by 2026. As more states come on with legalization these figures could be even higher. 

And already,...

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