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Everett pig farmer: Growing pot would smell pretty sweet

potfarmerEVERETT — Now that marijuana is legal in the state, farmers and others across Washington are starting to look into the idea of growing pot.

When voters on Nov. 6 approved the legalization of marijuana, the state began work on how to regulate and license grow operations and retail stores. It is expected to take more than a year before the rules and regulations are in place.

The owner of a pig farm on Ebey Island in Everett sees a lot of potential in adding a pot crop to his operations.

“Farming is a game of pennies,” pig farmer Bruce King said. “You don’t really make a lot of money at farming.”

King said pigs have been profitable, but growing marijuana could be a jackpot.

Just one acre could yield 2,700 pounds, “and at the current retail price, that’s about 75,000 bucks.”

King said he’s never tried marijuana or any other drug, but now that pot is legal, he wants to be first in line for the permit to grow it.

According to the state Liquor Control Board, which is in charge of licensing and permitting the pot business, he’s not the only one.

“My phone rings every day,” the Liquor Control Board’s Brian Smith said. “People have questions, or they want us to know they’re interested in being an applicant for one of the licenses.”

Not every farmer is interested.

King’s neighbor, Jennifer Dreewes, who has a horse farm, said she’s worried that a pot farm could attract a lot of people, especially criminals.

“We don’t want any of that down here,” said Dreewes. “This is supposed to be quiet; this is peaceful down here.”

King countered, “If it’s a legal crop, it’s a legal crop, and I may not like someone growing Brussels sprouts, but it’s legal.”

King believes on his farm, pigs and pot can go hand in hand.

“It (pot growing) should be out where crops are grown, in the pockets of the farmers, and there’s no reason this revenue can’t help revitalize the local farming economy,” King said.

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14 comments

  • Amy

    As a person who is supposed to spend my hard earned money on state grown marijuana they better not grow itin some random field, we call that ditchweed and don’t smoke that crap. We want quality this isn’t Mexico!!!

    • Ema

      No the quality here is no where near the piss bud they sell there, matter of fact I haven’t seen any shwag bud since I lived in the Midwest!

  • Fuelup

    Well when you do the math, since it's over inflated anyway. Besides, you can only store that much for so long anyway. Remind everyone that this was already legal less than 100 yrs ago, the industry knew and most farmers know hemp/ 420 is multi source product. Which can end this so-called financial threat against humanity and treat diseases but that's not what corporations want since illness and death is very profitable $$

  • rawgypsy

    the most useful, beneficial thing to do would be to ask the state to allow him to grow industrial hemp, especially since he only sees this as a commodity. Leave the medicine production to those who actually respect the plant. Hemp products made in the U.S. currently have to purchase it from Canada or elsewhere. There is a HUGE market for hemp seeds and fiber, totally untapped in the U.S. . Does anyone know who to contact so I an suggest this to the state? The quality of smoking cannabis is going to go way down, pretty much turning it into the drug that most people think it is. That lady is right, sketchy-ass druggies will be pilfering from that farmer's grounds all day and night–he is in Everett, mind you.

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