There is a new and unusual union in the state of Maine, and its officers and members recently held their first meeting in Sanford. The Maine Cannabis Union.

Since unions are common – for firefighters, teachers, electrical workers, and more have them – you might ask what makes this newly formed one unusual.

Pete Tranchemontage, of Uncle Pete’s Re-Leaf, a medical marijuana provider in Sanford, can tell you. He’s the vice president of the organization’s board of directors.

“Anybody that has teeth in the industry, we all want to get together,” Tranchemontagne said during a recent interview at his home. Growers. Dispensary owners. Their employees. All of them, according to Tranchemontagne. “I know for a fact they can make a difference,” he added.