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Spokane Cannabis Business Could Owe Employees $300,000 in Unpaid Wages

TUMWATER — Three Lovely Buds cannabis shops in Spokane could owe employees as much as $300,000 in unpaid wages and overtime from the past three years.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the Washington State Office of the Attorney General (AGO) will file a wage and hour complaint May 11 in Spokane County Superior Court, the first litigation of this type against a cannabis retailer in Washington.

The complaint names Lovely Buds, Lovely Buds North, and Lovely Buds Division, along with the parent corporation Cannabis Green and majority owners Elizabeth and Todd Byczek.

“Failing to pay workers the overtime pay and benefits they earned is wage theft — period,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “All businesses must follow the law. I’m proud to partner with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to ensure workers’ wages are protected.”