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NAACP Supports Federal Cannabis Legalization and Workers’ Rights in the Industry

MRBNAACP Supports Federal Cannabis Legalization and Workers' Rights in the Industry

The NAACP has reiterated its support for federal cannabis legalization and has adopted a new stance advocating for the rights of workers in the cannabis industry to unionize. During the 114th NAACP National Convention in July, the organization, which is the oldest civil rights group in the United States, passed several policy resolutions. The resolutions included reaffirming their support for federal cannabis policy reform.

The NAACP has been actively involved in cannabis policy reform discussions since 2010. Over the years, they’ve called for a national study on the impact of marijuana prohibition on Black Americans, decriminalization of small possession amounts, and support for medical and adult-use cannabis regulation.

This year’s resolution also marks a new focus on supporting workers within the cannabis industry, including advocating for labor peace agreements. These agreements are meant to ensure that workers’ rights are protected and that they have the ability to unionize if they choose. The NAACP recognizes that the majority of individuals in the cannabis industry will be workers rather than owners and wants to ensure fair and safe working conditions for them.

The resolution further emphasizes the need for apprenticeships, education programs, and union representation to promote diversity and offer opportunities to marginalized communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents employees of cannabis companies, welcomed the NAACP’s resolution, highlighting the importance of worker-friendly practices and racial equity in the cannabis industry. This alignment with organized labor reflects a growing recognition of the importance of fair working conditions and equitable representation in the evolving cannabis sector.

By FCCT Editorial Team

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are independent views solely of the author(s) expressed in their private capacity.

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