Report: Everyone’s going to love Raymond’s pot farm

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potRAYMOND, Wash. — A port in Raymond, Wash., became the first government body in the state to sign a lease with a legal cannabis entrepreneur, the Olympian reported Wednesday.

According to the Olympian, Marcus Charles of Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe agreed to lease three buildings of an abandoned lumber mill from the Port of Willapa Harbor in Raymond, in order to establish a large-scale marijuana grow operating legally under I-502.

The site, between the Willapa River and South Fork, is currently unoccupied. City officials and Port Manager Rebecca Chaffee said they were impressed by Charles’ plan to lease the abandoned buildings and space. The city and Charles entered into a lease agreement for $4,800 a month, paid to the port.

The deal is conditional on Liquor Control Board laws and approval.

The mayor of Raymond, Bob Jungar, agrees with the plan, saying it could bring jobs to the small town.

“In a town of about 3,000 people, 30 or 40 jobs is a big jump,” Jungar told the Olympian. “It would mean a few more people in the community, and more people spending money.”

City officials said Charles’ plans for a legal marijuana grow outlined security, fences and multiple cameras to ensure legality and reduce crime. The business would operate to the letter of the law — whenever that is decided by the state’s liquor control board — and be within regulations. Jungar said the deal was too good to pass up for a town desperate for industry and renters.

“We are breaking ground,” Jungar told the Olympian. “Now the world, the county, the state knows where we are.”

I-502 passed in November, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Marijuana use is still illegal under federal law.

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6 comments

  • NAVYTOWN

    Too bad the idiots at the Liquor Control Board still have a say in this. All they will do is issue endless bureaucratic rules to drive up the cost and stifle competition.

  • Chris Edens

    You are going to have a ton of competition. I really think we are going to see a ton of supply without enough demand. I know of several people already shopping warehouse space to start their own large grow operations. These people are veterans and have developed their own strains that have won international awards. If it looks like anything in the picture, I don't think many will enjoy the dirt weed.

  • j 1

    Hi, so the goverment legalised it,and now the State of Washington Port now have the ability to taxes mary jane .It's a law that will include more regulations and will they sell it to all the public that's of legal age.This all is news to me. And where the Federal Goverment going to stand on a major grow op. that's legal.?

  • aaron kightlinger

    "City officials said Charles’ plans for a legal marijuana grow outlined security, fences and multiple cameras to ensure legality and reduce crime"

    The cameras should be for safety. Private security firms (and the jobs they create) along with the public servants known as law enforcement should "ensure legality and reduce crime."

    Glad to see City officials tell their fellow citizens that they're effectively on their own out there.