The impending legalization of recreational cannabis in California is expected to bring a boom of new jobs into the state, and several unions are now hoping to organize the workers that will fill them. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), United Farm Workers (UFW), and Teamsters unions have all expressed interest in enrolling cannabis industry employees throughout The Golden State. The ganja boom in California could bring over 100,000 new workers into the state’s industry, labor leaders have estimated. These new jobs range from growing, harvesting, and trimming plants, to transporting products, processing raw plant material, or working in a retail store.
“If you’re a cannabis worker, the UFW wants to talk with you,” national vice president Armando Elenes said, as reported by ABC News. UFCW spokesperson Jeff Ferro stated that his organization is already working to organize cannabis workers, and hopes that other unions will “respect our jurisdiction.” Teamsters organizer Kristin Heidelbach was more optimistic that there were enough employees working in the industry to allow every union to enroll significant numbers of new members without needing to fight