The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has led efforts throughout the country to expand legal cannabis in the growing and cultivating facilities, manufacturing processing, laboratories, and dispensaries.

Locally, we have joined efforts with the International to provide workers with a voice in an industry that has seen tremendous growth in the last couple of years. 

We worked closely with the Governor Brown Administration and principal authors of the Medical Marijuana Regulatory Control Act (MMRCA) on its passage. We also took on a leadership role in passing Proposition 64 (AUMA) in the 2016 November General Elections.

We will continue to band with community groups and city leaders in various municipalities throughout Orange and Los Angeles County to help expand access to legal cannabis and advocate for workers and negotiate union contracts that provide workers with health and safety standards, better wages, fairness and a voice on the job. 

Santa Ana

In 2016, South Coast Safe Access became the first unionized medical shop in OC. Workers and labor advocated for Measure BB in 2015 that would allow medical cannabis in the city.

Long Beach

In 2015, community, local leaders, and labor pushed for safe access to medical marijuana creating regulations for the sale and local access with the passage of Measure MM.

Fullerton Ordinance

Member advocacy and community support led to the approval of allowing and regulating commercial cannabis in the City. The ordinance took effect in December of 2020.

Measure Q

Voters approved the expansion of legalizing delivery and retail storefronts in Costa Mesa. Member lobbying efforts pushed the measure forward in the November 2020 Elections.