To weed or not to weed: Local budtenders weigh health concerns with showing up to shifts

  • Although he’s happy that cannabis retailers’ distinction as an essential business gives him a way to make money, he doesn’t feel protected by the current state rules and business practices.
  • Cannabis shops and liquor stores that sell food were among the few businesses that Gov. Jay Inslee deemed essential, requiring numerous adjustments to stay open while abiding by both social distancing and cannabis sale regulations.
  • Noncompliance has become a source of anxiety for service workers like King, who have to decide either to risk their health by showing up to work, or risk their economic stability by not showing up to work.
  • He also believes state regulations could go further in protecting workers by mandating online-only orders and providing health insurance for essential workers.

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