(March 5, 2020) Nantucket marijuana dispensary The Green Lady has filed a lawsuit against a former employee who sued the company in December.
Michael Grasso said the company withheld his wages and told him to break laws around growing and selling cannabis products, including providing false labels on banned products.
The Green Lady denies those charges and has filed its own suit against Grasso.
The company says that after Grasso was fired, he broke a nondisclosure agreement and took the company’s confidential information and equipment to his consulting company to help other dispensaries on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Grasso’s civil suit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court, while the Green Lady filed suit in Nantucket Superior Court last week.
The lawsuits show opposing views of what happened at the state’s first island dispensary, which opened in August. The Green Lady is the brainchild of husband and wife Rupert and Nicole Campbell.
The couple are named in Grasso’s case, as are Corbet Campbell, the Green Lady’s manager, and Eric Anderson, the dispensary’s director of operations.
The Green Lady hired Grasso as its head of operations in April 2018, asking him to design, open and manage the business. He had previous experience working with cannabis in Oregon and Colorado.
Grasso said he told Nicole Campbell that a head of operations makes about $150,000. He said she agreed to pay him that sum of money, but needed to pay him less while the business wasn’t open to the public.
Instead, he made about $60,000 a year plus health care, a company vehicle, a cellphone, laptop and profit sharing, according to his lawsuit. Nicole Campbell told him that the company would make up for the lost wages and he’d be employed for five years, the suit reads.
While he worked at the Green Lady,