The budtenders at the River North location of Modern Cannabis in Chicago, Illinois announced last week that they have voted “overwhelmingly” to join Teamsters Local 777, which they said makes them “the first group of cannabis workers to do so.”
Modern Cannabis has two locations in Chicago—one in River North that only sells recreational marijuana products, and another in Logan Square that sells both recreational and medical.
Jason Blumstein and Sydney Charles, two budtenders at the River North branch in Chicago, said in a press release that they hoped their efforts to join the Teamsters could have an impact on all other workers in the industry.
“We are proud to be joining Local 777, a union with a deep history of defending and advocating for workers’ rights,” Blumstein and Charles said in their statement. “We are excited about the future and quality of life we can create for all cannabis workers.”
Jim Glimco, President of Teamsters Local 777, said in a statement of his own that his organization will be a viable option for those working in an ever-expanding industry.
“Congratulations to our newest members,” said Glimco. “As more and more states legalize recreational cannabis and the industry expands exponentially, workers are realizing that the