MOVING THE INDUSTRY
Our nonprofit advocates on behalf of the 58,000+ full-time cannabis and hemp employees in the industry across the state of Oregon. We want to educate and empower workers to advocate for change – together.
HOW CAN WE—
Diversify the Cannabis Industry?
Start by hiring more Black and Brown people.
We partnered with the Oregon Handler’s Fund to tackle barriers of entry for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other non-white people of color. If you are looking to get started in the industry or are committing to a more diverse team, we are here to help.
HOW CAN WE—
Maintain a Safe Work Environment?
The Industry isn’t as young as it used to be and while others are still getting started, we can set the pace by establishing a collective standard of how employees should be treated. Our goal is to work directly with employers to establish fair practices and opportunities for advancement in the cannabis industry.
HOW CAN WE—
Make Lasting Change?
At our heart we are a 501(c)4 Non-profit Social Welfare Group. This means, we are able to demand change on a legislative level as well as a local one. With your direct feedback on industry hot topics, we will be able to unite around causes and help influence decisions from the workers’ point of view.
AS A WORKER IN CANNABIS/HEMP YOU HAVE 5 BASIC RIGHTS
If you are working in the United States you are granted these rights regardless of your race, sexual orientation, gender expression, citizenship status, job classification, etc.
1. The Right to Organize
2. The Right to Be Safe at Work
3. The Right to Be Free of Discrimination
4. The Right to Get Paid
5. The Right to Take Care of Yourself and Your Family
RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE
CWC is gathering local resources that you may find helpful to keep yourself and the entire community healthy during these times. Remember that we are all in this together!
We know that 90% of owners in the cannabis industry are white, but what else does it look like? We want you to be apart of our journey as we collect data and paint a true picture of the cannabis workforce in Oregon.
We’re Taking Action
My senior research project for the Portland State University Sociology Department was on the blatant racial inequity that exists in the retail cannabis industry. Almost an entire year later, I recently graduated the first ever “Virtual” Business of Cannabis live...
Don't Settle For Less
Become a Member
Becoming a member of CWC is one of the best ways to get involved in the cannabis industry. Our coalition focuses on providing tangible opportunities to each of our members.
Become an Equity Partner
Becoming an Equity Partner is more than a financial contribution. It is a commitment to make social equity, diversity and inclusion a part of your internal and external business practices.
Donating to Cannabis Workers Coalition helps support our mission of creating a pathway to help more BIPOC community members in the industry. A donation helps establish a more diverse cannabis industry.