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.