WCIA- The marijuana industry is rapidly growing in Illinois. Now, workers at Sunnyside Dispensary in Champaign are organizing a union to demand better opportunities.
Chicago Tribune- Recreational marijuana sales in Illinois set another record in May with more than $116 million of weed sold. That tops last month’s record by $1.4 million, and is up 163% from May 2020.
KSDK- Four dispensaries in Illinois have agreed to unionize, and workers at one in Sauget will soon decide if they want to join the ranks
PATCH- Illinoisans spent $110 million on marijuana in the month of March alone
CHICAGO SUNTIMES: The mail-in ballots — counted over Zoom on the unofficial smoker’s holiday of 4/20 — were overwhelmingly in favor of joining Local 881 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents employees in Illinois’ booming pot industry, the union said in a statement.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE– The Lincoln Park dispensary the second in the state to unionize as the nascent weed industry takes root in Illinois.
POLITICO– Illinois is the fastest growing market in the country
CRAIN’S CHICAGO- For the first time in a generation, Chicago is the early leader in a fast-growing new industry that’s generating jobs and wealth.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE– Seeking higher pay, career advancement and better protection from the COVID-19 pandemic, cannabis workers from Chicago to Springfield have begun to unionize, planting a seed that could reshape the fast-growing marijuana labor landscape.