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WA sues marijuana retailer for alleged $300,000 of unpaid wages

Washington state regulators have taken Spokane-based Cannabis Green to court, claiming the marijuana retail chain owes at least 70 employees as much as $300,000 in unpaid wages and overtime from the past three years.

It’s the first lawsuit of this type against a cannabis retailer in Washington, according to a news release issued by the state Department of Labor & Industries.


Cannabis Green has three retail stores in the Spokane area that go by the name Lovely Buds.

The complaint, filed last week in Spokane County Superior Court, speaks to the importance of marijuana retailers to ensure that they resolve labor and wage complaints before they rise to the level of litigation.

In this case, state regulators said they received an initial complaint in 2019 against the company alleging unpaid overtime and attempted several times to settle with the owners, Elizabeth and Todd Byczek, over claims of ongoing

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