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growing marijuana outdoors in washington

Growing marijuana outdoors in washington

We’re in the midst of the outdoor harvest season for cannabis. What does a massive harvest of cannabis look like, you might wonder? I did too, so I hit the streets for a little education. In my mission to learn more about sun-grown cannabis in Washington, I visited Canna Organix in Seqium, CannaSol in Okanagan, and Walden Cannabis in Brewster.

1. There is no “best” way to grow cannabis.

When growers say “pesticide-free,” they most likely mean that pesticides were implemented during the plant’s vegetative state, not flowering. Every single grower that I’ve question about this always passionately screams that anyone who says they are completely pesticide-free is lying. Until Washington requires more detailed testing and packaging, it’s hard to ever know the facts.

4. Pesticides are everywhere.

I’m all about saving green on green, but there have definitely been times when I’ve seen a price so low—like the $50 ounces that I saw at Ruckus—and thought, “WHAT?! HOW?!” After a series of tours, I now know the answer.

Growing marijuana outdoors in washington

Nick Cihlar, co-owner of Subdued Excitement, a producing dispensary in Ferndale, said in an email that there are numerous factors to account for before growing cannabis.

In 2012, Washington Initiative 502 appeared on the general ballot to legalize licensed cultivation, testing and retail sales of cannabis products. Whatcom residents have spent over $249 million in dispensaries since 2014, according to 502Data for Whatcom County.

Legislation authorizing personal cannabis cultivation may be taken up again in 2022 or reintroduced in next biennium

“Even in the best-case scenario, you will likely need several rounds to work out the kinks before you start getting something you are stoked about smoking,” Cihlar said. “Each round takes two and a half to three months, so you will invest at least a year and probably a couple thousand dollars before you start seeing any results.”

54% of Bellingham housing units were renter-occupied in 2015, according to the 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for Bellingham housing.

“HB 1019 did not fit neatly into one of these four categories and was not considered a high enough priority to consider in a year where we are hearing less legislation as a result of the pandemic,” said a spokesperson for Kloba in an email.