UFCW Local 7 – Colorado's largest union – joins statewide organizations in endorsing Amendment 64

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UFCW Local 7 – Colorado's largest union – joins statewide organizations in endorsing Amendment 64

Colorado's largest union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 7, has endorsed Amendment 64, citing the job creation and positive economic impact that will accompany the establishment of a new industry of regulated marijuana production and sales in the state. The UFCW Local 7 represents 25,000 members in Colorado and Wyoming, including workers in healthcare facilities, supermarkets, packing houses, and food processing plants, as well as barbers, and cosmetologists.

Joining the UFCW in endorsing the initiative are the regional chapter of the nation's oldest building and construction trades union, the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) Local 577, and other statewide organizations dedicated to job creation and economic growth, including the Colorado Progressive Coalition, ProgressNow Colorado, and New Era Colorado.

In a statement announcing the endorsement, UFCW Local 7 president Kim Cordova said:

"Amendment 64 will foster economic growth and enhance public safety for our members across Colorado. Removing marijuana from the underground market and regulating it similarly to alcohol will create living-wage jobs and bolster our state and local economies with tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue and savings. By taking marijuana off the streets and putting it in retail stores, we can stop steering money toward gangs and drug cartels, and start directing it toward legitimate, job-producing Colorado businesses."