State’s First Big Marijuana Grow Operation is Announced, and Here’s the Fun Part – It’s in a Public Building

Port of Willapa Harbor Enters Into Contract With Seattle Entrepreneur to Take Over Vacant Sawmill – Under I-502, the Unthinkable Becomes Thinkable

By Erik Smith
Washington State Wire

Seattle restaurant entrepreneur Marcus Charles has entered into a lease with the Port of Willapa Harbor for a remarkable purpose -- a marijuana grow operation.

Seattle restaurant entrepreneur Marcus Charles has entered into a lease with the Port of Willapa Harbor for a remarkable purpose — a marijuana grow operation.

OLYMPIA, March 16.—Here’s a sign of how the world has changed since Washington voters passed a first-of-its kind marijuana-legalization initiative last November. A Seattle entrepreneur has taken out a lease for what he hopes will become a big indoor grow operation. Unthinkable enough just a few months ago, but get this: He’ll be growing the once-forbidden fruit in a public building.

Seattle restaurateur Marcus Charles will take over a part of vacant sawmill complex at the Port of Willapa Harbor in Raymond, Wash., a coastal community hard-hit by decades of downturn in the lumber industry. Port officials say Washington’s new cannabis industry is a good fit. They have the buildings. Charles has the capital. And isn’t that the way economic development is supposed to work?

And so, under the brave new world created by Washington’s Initiative 502, it looks like all that campaign talk about green jobs is coming true. It’s just not what political leaders had in mind during the last campaign when they were talking about windmills and soybean-powered airplanes. “We appreciate that there are no odors, no wastewater, no on-and-on,” said port manager Susan Chaffee. “But for us it is the jobs. It is the jobs.

“We have lost jobs and lost jobs, and we have high unemployment. We are losing our young people, we are losing our family-age working people, and our population is aging. We are the classic rural community that is just struggling to survive. We no longer have shipping, we no longer have rail, we don’t have good highway access – I mean, the list of what we don’t have goes on and on. But we do like living here. It is a nice community, and we think this could provide an opportunity for us.”

An Evergreen-State Business Opportunity

Storage shed at the Port of Willapa Harbor that will be used for Charles' grow operation.

Storage shed at the Port of Willapa Harbor is future site of  grow operation.

Where marijuana once was rather frowned upon, to say the least, you can definitely say there’s a new attitude in business and government. Initiative 502, one of two marijuana-legalization initiatives approved in this country last year, opens the door to legal investment in a business that already generates well over $1 billion in sales ever year. This state arguably is further along than Colorado, which also passed a legalization measure, because the proposition in the Mile-High State did not prescribe the new market structure with the same level of detail. In Washington, I-502 created an intricate taxation scheme and a “three-tier” market structure for production, processing and retailing, much like that which exists for alcoholic beverages nationwide. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but unless the feds go to court to snuff the budding industry, state officials expect to finish drafting regulations in June and begin awarding production licenses. The grow season for Washington’s new cash crop might begin as soon as August.

Enter Marcus Charles, a successful entrepreneur in the restaurant and bar trade in the Seattle area. Charles, 39, has launched a series of bars and restaurants in Seattle since age 23, starting with Pioneer Square’s Marcus’ Martini Heaven. Currently he operates the Crocodile, a music venue, and the nearby Local 360 restaurant and bar. “It seems kind of weird talking about it, because it has been such a taboo, but how often does a new industry present itself in a lifetime?”

Charles says it’s all about business. Marijuana really wasn’t on his mind during last year’s initiative campaign – and he certainly wasn’t part of the political movement that gathered the signatures that placed the measure before the Legislature last year and ultimately forwarded the issue to the ballot. “I personally have no great passion about marijuana,” he said. “I am not a big smoker. I did not vote for the initiative. I was just indifferent.”

But when it got 55.7 percent of the vote – that’s when he sat up and took notice. “I think there’s a business opportunity here, and I think my skill set is suited to it.”

A Thumbs-Up From Government

Former sawmill office at the Raymond facility that will provide headquarters location.

Former sawmill office at the Raymond facility that will provide headquarters location.

If the restaurant business is all about location, it’s just as troubling a problem in the brand-new marijuana biz. Though legalized marijuana now is the law of the state, there is a bit of a stigma to overcome. Wasn’t so long ago that a business like the one Charles envisions might have drawn unwelcome attention from law enforcement authorities. And while the law clearly permits private grow operations, county and city planning authorities may gulp when they consider the inevitable applications. But a lease from a public agency? — that’s tantamount to a government thumbs-up. Charles investigated a possible location in Shelton, but local officials shied away. Hard-hit timber communities on the coast seemed just as promising, and in Raymond everything clicked. Said Charles, “We think this is a really big step, because we have a lease from a municipality for large-scale production and manufacturing, and we think that is a big deal. It is really a vote of confidence in us, and the idea that we could run a responsible business.”

At this point it is unclear what sort of tracking measures and security arrangements the state will require, but the most important question is whether the state will limit the size of grow operations. Charles will be taking over a 30,000-foot storage shed, but there is plenty of room for expansion – the port has given him an option to develop 16 acres of nearby property. He also will be leasing a nearby office structure of 3,500 square feet. Charles said he envisions that the operation will probably hire a couple dozen workers to start. “It all depends on what the liquor board decides to do,” he said. “We are well-positioned to scale and grow into a pretty large organization. But if the liquor board keeps things on a small scale, we will still execute there, and there will be fewer jobs.”

A Bit of a Risk

Chaffee said her board met with Charles and concluded that he was a reputable businessman who could operate within the bounds of the law. And in a sense his proposal removes an albatross from the port’s neck. The port has owned the sawmill buildings since the 1980s, but time has passed them by as the timber industry has developed more modern and efficient mills. A nearby mill at the Raymond location was torn down, and while the storage shed has been leased by various manufacturers over the years at this point there don’t appear to be any takers. “There have been a lot of questions about this, but he has handled them all very professionally,” Chaffee said. “He seems to have done his homework, so we are willing to partner with him to see if he can get through the various licensing steps and see what the federal government decides to do.”

Under the terms of the lease, Charles will pay $5,000 a month for rent, Chaffee said, and the deal is contingent on his ability to open. Charles will be responsible for any improvements to the buildings, and all parties agree that investment will have to be substantial.

That presents one of the biggest risks for the venture. There’s still no word from the feds, and they could take action to block the Washington initiative at any time – even after Charles and his investors start spending money. But Charles says he’s not afraid. It’s not as though his current line is for the faint of heart. “I come from the food and beverage world, right? So high risk is nothing compared to opening up a restaurant. Ninety percent of restaurants fail – that’s just a part of being in business.”

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  • Frustrated citizen..

    I would love to swear and cuss at Mr. Charles but since I cannot do that I will simply comment to the ridiculousness of the people making these kinds of decisions that will ultimately impact the families of this community. Our area has fought to keep this small town habitable and undesirable to drug dealers. We have tried to discourage our young people from giving in to drug use. Being a main artery from Mexico to Canada for drug dealers makes it hard to win the fight. Now, thanks to Mr. Charles.. and Mrs. Chaffee..the two great minds behind the stupidity it takes to ruin people’s lives and neighborhoods..we can kiss it goodby..oh..except now..yes now.. there will be jobs. Woopdeedoo.

    • Happy citizen

      Oh stop your cryin, Mr. citizen. You probably voted for Obama too lol, just move on to another town where your shielded from the ever present dangers of the world,………….NOT!

      • KnowYourFacts

        Marijuana is NOT a drug. It is a PLANT….I support this mans’ courage to lead the way!

        • 5PeasInAPod

          Is your next argument going to be that heroin is not a drug? It comes from a plant too.

          • openminded citizen

            People are curious and ask, “How is heroin made?” when they see the drug affecting them or those around them. “Heroin,” though, is actually a brand name for diacetylmorphine. The drug company Bayer synthesized diacetylmorphine in 1895 and branded it “Heroin.” Heroin made a claim to be a non-addictive replacement for morphine. Now, however, heroin is the common name for the drug diacetylmorphine and it’s clear the claims Bayer made about heroin being non-addictive were false.

            also the synthetic version can be harmful too. As heroin is made from opium which is made from the actual opium poppy, heroin is known as a semi-synthetic opiate. Synthetic heroin is not really heroin at all; synthetic heroin is actually one of several synthetic opiates. Synthetic opiates are called such because they are completely man-made and contain no opium. Synthetic opiates are often called synthetic heroin due to the similarity of their effects.

            Synthetic opiates that are sometimes called synthetic heroin include:

            Fentanyl
            Methadone
            Tramadol
            Pethidine

            and half of those drugs above can be used an abused.

            now look at marijuana.. find me a link where harm is there.

            here is my resource:——>

            http://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/heroin-addiction/how-is-heroin-made/#story

            I am trying to get the open-minded community together cause as a mother of two I never thought I would condone it but here I am with my persuasive essay. It would help jobs, and medically better for people then pills. people abuse other drugs so obviously you have to be responsible. If we educate our children we can also inspire them to do big things. cannabis isn’t going to harm our children, it’s how the parents raise their children.

          • wederpud

            but it needs to be PROCESSED to be consumed to be used. GO GET EDUCATED cause you are showing your stupidity

          • fookle

            and once upon a time it too was legal

    • For your LACK of Information..

      In a time where this nation is bleeding American jobs, the stock market is projected to take us into a recession that will be worse than the one we’re still scraping our way out of, and party polarization is driving the government into utter uselessness… perhaps it’s time for the American people to profit on the $131 Billion dollar industry going completely untaxed, and maybe “We the People” have spoken louder than you the ignoramus minority. If you legalize and tax the substance, you bankrupt the criminals, therefore crime goes away. Look at the end of prohibition. It’s time to educate the masses…

    • KnowYourFacts

      Um, “fought to keep this town habitable and undesirable to drug dealers” ? Are you joking? Well, It didn’t work! This has nothing to do with drug dealing and our children. It is a mans’ idea to grow and produce a PLANT. Many of us tend our own gardens every year right in our yards. Just as they are plants; so is marijuana. It’s just a plant!

    • From Here

      Heroin and meth is rampant in this area (Willapa). Don’t forget stolen prescription pills which seems to be most people’s gateway drugs in the first place. I know several stories of youth stealing pills from elderly and/or handicapped people in this area, those are the people that continue on to heroin and meth. People who smoke marijuana are a different set of people who are either productive fully functioning members of the society or are unproductive but not detrimental to others, this boils down to character; I should know, I grew up around a few friends who would smoke weed and it only gave me perspective (btw they don’t do hard drugs and this was years ago). Obviously youth should be taught the dangers of abusing any drug, specifically using marijuana as a distraction from life. But this drug does not turn good people bad and it will not ruin a society.

      • Bunny

        Totally stoned out of your gourd is PRODUCTIVE?? Plus the stuff STINKS!

        • Guest

          “Stoned out of your gourd”? :|

          That really sounds stupid.

        • http://www.facebook.com/watersimages Bridget Waters

          “Stoned out of your gourd?” Exactly what does that look like?

        • PhilDeBowl

          Maybe YOU stink.

        • KnowYourFacts

          Not everyone gets “stoned out of their gourd”. and there are many different purposes for marijuana. It also helps relax and ease tension. I think it smells good and so does my mom who is almost 60 yrs old. If we are to worry about Drugs, lets worry about the real drugs creating problems.

        • fookle

          yes!! after a good hard days of work, yes……all I wanna do is come home and puff. I don’t drink, or do any other drugs

    • Guest

      I drive through your town often. Have you looked around? Your town is DEGRADING. The small park at the north end is closed most of the time. The buildings are returning to the earth. The timber companies have raped the forests around you and made their money, leaving the hills bare and the earth scarred.

      Now you have a renewable industry that will bring life back into your community. The locals have been partaking for a long time. You just haven’t seen it, because weed smokers don’t go around drawing attention to themselves. You would be surprised how many artists and business owners partake. You might have just insulted some people that you thought you respected.

      Did you see any changes when we legalized? Any at all? I didn’t.

      • another guest

        All of the forest cut by the local industry is replaced and regrown, most of what is still there you will see signs along the highway that say the year it was planted. This IS renewable. Some trees come down, some grow. The area that’s been cut down is readied for a new trees and then it all starts over.

    • Guest

      I drive through your town often. Have you looked around? Your town is
      DEGRADING. The small park at the north end is closed most of the time.
      The buildings are returning to the earth. The timber companies have
      raped the forests around you and made their money, leaving the hills
      bare and the earth scarred.

      Now you have a renewable industry that will bring life back into your
      community. The locals have been partaking for a long time. You just
      haven’t seen it, because weed smokers don’t go around drawing attention
      to themselves. You would be surprised how many artists and business
      owners partake. You might have just insulted some people that you
      thought you respected.

      Did you see any changes when we legalized? Any at all? I didn’t

    • http://www.facebook.com/watersimages Bridget Waters

      I’m curious…what exactly are you picturing when this business starts operating?

      Maybe a girl outside the building in a skimpy black dress, handing out samples?
      People walking down the street smoking joints?
      People laying on the sidewalk in pools of their own vomit?

      • PhilDeBowl

        Don’t give her any ideas.

      • agsgc

        I can’t imagine what they think happens in towns with major meat processing plants!

      • missSativa

        Omg more Reefer Madness sheeple. No it won’t be like that. Some places have had a bad rep but I think this man will do it right. Marijuana is a plant that is good for medicine, finer, fuel, food and more. It could help this town a lot after it dying out from cutting down all the trees. There are no jobs at all. Just wait and see it will help. Don’t go assuming because you know noting or refuse to. Just research a bit on non biased sites. I’m glad to see this man take action. Hopefully though he does regulate with quality rather than quantity. My only concern is poor cheaply grown mmj.

    • PhilDeBowl

      What’s your problem lady?Your crusade is a Failure,your kind(prohibitionist) has had 70 years to put That Genie back in the bottle,why don’t you concentrate on YOUR family and stay the hell out of other peoples lives.

    • Joshua Steensland

      yikes well you can move to Texas or something…..Tell me how has alcohol been to your family over the past 50 years or so?……Cannabis is the safest substance out there…..your ignorance is saddening.
      BTW…..thanks to I502……im gonna be stinking rich!!!!!!!!!

    • Person

      It’s not like this product will be sold on the streets to children. This is a legitimate, and legal business which will most likely provide its products to medical marijuana dispensaries, which just so happen to be other legal business that operate within the laws… Business that provide natural and herbal forms of medication to many terminally ill patients… Patients who also operate within the laws as consumers. Yes, even patients have to jump through legal hoops to be able to obtain medicine from the dispensaries. It’s business. Not thug life.

    • mike

      One word – BRAINWASHED!!!

    • Antolin Andrew Marks

      You and your community will not even see one joint of the grass produced in that facility and the workers probably won’t be smokers of the substance, so why are you crying? Think about all the places your husbands go to pick up prostitutes or to buy cocaine or heroin or crystal meth and think of those places and feel happy.

    • contentwithlife

      Do some research it will help more than anything. Murder, theft, and drug charges have dropped in wa and co. And if regulated will be fine. Don’t worry. Marijuana isn’t a gateway drug like you must assume.

  • Guarding Liberty

    Alcohol and Tobacco kill more people in one year than marijuana ever did. Willapa bay area residents need jobs fishing and logging jobs are almost gone,these towns need people to invest in those communities. If the democrats in the state can make a buck on this permits will be easy to obtain. Screw uncle sam hes an idiot our tax money gets flushed by the millions each day to the middle east.

  • Raymond new name Greenmond

    This is awesome! Time for the next movement of jobs! Keep the plant a plant! Organic and no chemicals, and you have my two thumbs up, along with the other 95% of Raymond ;)

  • …..

    Unless thye are willingto pull some major strings I believe this venture is moot. Currently the county has zoning laws on marijuana growth and sales and this location is NOT within those boundaries. It would take a commissioners meeting and vote to override the zoning laws they just voted on not 6 months ago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/watersimages Bridget Waters

      Zoning can be changed with a petition to the county commissioners. The best part about it is it’s not near a school, so it’s entirely possible. There’s no reason to keep this business from operating there, unless the locals make a huge stink and the county doesn’t allow it. They would probably have a public hearing on the matter, the same way they do if something like a cell tower puts in an application.

    • KnowYourFacts

      Could you explain “HOW” the location isn’t within these boundaries? I’d like to know. What are the boundaries for Pacific County? I’m pretty sure that this man has taken the time to research what has to happen in order to have a business such as this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/watersimages Bridget Waters

        This is actually the perfect place to have it, and this is what Pacific County had in mind when they drew the boundaries. This is a great experiment, and I’m really excited to have a front seat.

    • fookle

      also state laws over ride any city laws……..perhaps Raymond should call up kent, or Bremerton b4 they try to fight that battle, and ask those citys JUST how expensive it got for them??

  • Smartmom

    The great thing about this, is that the “trimmings” can be used also! There is a booming hemp textile industry market to be had with many of the same markets as lumber, with half the overhead, and annual reapings versus the long waits for lumber growth and long journey for new ground! If they can develop the nearby 16 acres into hemp fields for the textile industry and the indoor area for other uses, this can only help the local economy. With it being a legal business venture, it keeps it out of the hands of the violent black market whose target consumers are children, and in the light where it is business as usual with a consenting adult clientele.

    • openminded citizen

      smart mom I like how you think lol..

    • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Moirrainefortruth

      Since hemp is still illegal in the US but can be made into plastic (!) the powers that be and the petroleum industry are shaking…. GOOD!

    • me

      That *would* be a great idea, Smartmom … that is, *if* the two were compatible in the same grow space. Problem is … they’re not!

      You see, if you grow industrial hemp in the same area as smokable hemp/MMJ … they can cross-pollinate … which would be BAD for the MMJ, because the inclusion of industrial hemp pollen can degrade the strength and–most especially–the medical benefits of the MMJ. Plus, if you take cuttings/clones from those degraded plants and plant/grow them in the same area with the same industrial hemp contamination/potential cross-pollination … it can ~further~ degrade the strength and medical benefits of the smokable variety in that second generation … and in successive generations, too.

      In other words, planting industrial hemp near this new MMJ facility is a REALLY bad idea–no matter how attractive it may look economically to use that additional acreage that way–because it could make that town’s MMJ product (which is the MUCH more expensive of the two) potentially inferior to strains grown elsewhere in the state. That could potentially wreck this entire enterprise … when it sounds like this community could REALLY use the economic boost.

      And to all of you haters out there who’ve drank the Koolaid and convinced yourself that “weed” is just as dangerous to lives/families/communities as drugs like heroin or meth … honey, you’ve been lied to! Worse, you’ve been lied to by people who have an AGENDA behind their “anti-weed” message, one that benefits them PERSONALLY!
      It starts with the obvious, of course: law enforcement and prosecutorial budgets are based on the perceived level of “crime” happening in the community. The more “crime” … the bigger the budget … and there’s not a cop alive who doesn’t want a bigger budget. Plus–remember–cops aren’t just the local guys. Imagine how much of the DEA’s budget is tied up in policing MMJ. If it were suddenly made legal across the country … how many DEA officers–and bosses–would get the axe due to lack of work?

      Then take a look at the various timber/paper/oil industries. Hemp products were legal in the US until right after WWI, a war that greatly benefited from hemp oil and fiber. Industrial hemp was an industry that the US government encouraged at that point in our history … even equating growing hemp for the war effort with patriotism in newsreels. But support for hemp farmers came to a screeching halt as soon as the war ended … when people like the Hurst family (who owned millions of acres of timber, and who also owned newspapers … which–at that point–were one of the largest customers for paper in the country) realized how fast all that quick-growing hemp (that the war effort had encouraged and expanded) would put tree farmers like them completely out of business. After all, it takes TEN YEARS to grow trees to the proper size to harvest for pulp/paper/chemicals … when–if you plant industrial hemp instead–you can grow the same amount of pulp for paper (fiber for textiles, and plenty of oil, too) on the same amount of land in ONE YEAR! Is it any wonder that–even beyond the racist aspects of making MMJ illegal (because it was mostly black “jazz” fans and Mexican immigrants who smoked it back then … and if you figure out how to give them a criminal record … they can’t vote anymore either, right? … bonus points!)–the various “Timber Barons” and their deep pockets were a major part of the political push to make hemp and MMJ illegal in the first place?

      in other words–before you start condemning MMJ–follow the money that made it illegal in the first place! And before you start trying to tell people “Marijuana ruined my child/spouse/friend’s life” … think about it this way. If people with big money/their own agenda had never pushed/lobbied to make it “illegal” in the first place … that child/spouse/friend would never have been arrested for having it. And if they’d never been arrested–if you take that crisis/financial impact out of the equation–would their life still have been “ruined” … simply because they smoked a little pot? And I know that several of you will stand up and start sharing stories about people who never lived up to what you considered “their potential” because–in your opinion–they started smoking “weed” instead … but the reality is, it wasn’t the weed that did that. If a person is already lazy/not a real go-getter … adding weed isn’t going to change them. And if a person is already a real go-getter/dynamo who accomplishes everything they put their hand to/doesn’t let anything slow them down … adding weed isn’t going to change them EITHER!

      So inject a little reality into your prejudices people, please! And when it comes to drug propaganda … or any other sort of propaganda, especially in the political realm … consider the source! … and follow the rich man with the money!

      • Smartmom

        However, the INDOOR growing facility would be responsible for the ingested/inhaled, and the OUTDOOR facility would be responsible the industrial. I am pretty sure that they would be able to keep the two separate as the indoor facility would likely be a very controlled environment. It is doable, you just have to take steps to avoid cross contamination. But I can see the potential for an issue, were proper steps not followed.

    • mike

      I agree BUT Hemp is not legal under I-502. The state should allow hemp as a crop and the state would make more off hemp than I-502. It is stupid we can use hemp to replace oil made plastics and even steel.

  • mickeym

    Why is that after the first couple of comments the level of intelligence falls into a mental toilet? What is it about the odd political comments? They don’t make any sense, and don’t have anything to do with the subject.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.l.savadge Terry Laraine Savadge

    If there was ever a town that needed a financial hand up, it is Raymond. I am happy this is happening there!!

  • Small Farmer

    I think that big industry should stay away!!! Keeping things small would create more jobs. This guy is already doing just fine, He admits that he didn’t even vote for it and now now he wants to skim off the top and pay minimum wage to someone that could be in business for himself. What about us who have small farms that we are trying to keep our homes, minimum wage will not pay a mortgage.

  • atjc

    So much for the mom and pop operations. Here comes big business and the corporate world swooping in to grab up all the profits. People need to start protesting now, letting big business know that we will not buy from them.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Moirrainefortruth

      How is he “big business”?

      Because he had the gall to ask for a public building for the going rate and do something that many of US want to do but can’t?

      Come on. If hires just 5 workers that’s 5 who have a job, what the HECK is wrong with that?

  • kid

    I am a young person and non-veteran of the Raymond and Willapa Bay community, and I hope to aid Mr. Charles in his business here. I wish to remain in the town, and personally, this is a high selling point. I need a job and if he is reading this before I get a chance to meet with him somehow…I want to say, count me in! I love the idea that the abandoned port will reopen above anything. I do not believe that legally growing marijuana can endanger those younger than I any more than past trends have already. I respect your concern Frustraded citizen, because we share the same respect and love for the place we live, but I also think that it is a strong assumption to think it will ruin the community. I have lived here only less than a year, and I have had the opportunity and privelage of meeting many of the townspeople. I know there are at least a handful of us younger adults excited and optimistic about the hopes of getting into Mr. Charles’ business and being a part of a team just as enthusiastic about our community itself. I also struggle to believe it would only be limited to young adults, since there are surely plenty of older people with more knowledge of the botany involved who may share the same amount of interest. I say the people of the Willipa Bay, young and old, keep an open mind and welcome the opportunity for growth of all kinds in the area. :)

  • A guy who loves his wife.

    I would love to sit and argue with this frustrated citizen below me, but I will refrain. What I will say, is that marijuana saved my wife’s life. The healing properties of marijuana are beyond amazing, and the large scale production of this miracle medicine is long since overdue.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/zerses Moirrainefortruth

      Without cannabis I am not able to eat or function.

      Thirty plus years of drugs meted out by uncaring doctors who never did any testing – intestines destroyed …and not many understand the vile pain that drugs, NOT cannabis, cause to millions of unsuspecting humans.

  • Aaron

    This message is for Mr. Charles. Just wanted to say best of luck on your new business endevor and if you have time, provide an update on your experiences setting up shop.

  • SMSSEATTLE

    Do you Drink Alcohol? I would fear you more than anyone that’s stoned. Not knowing what you are talking about makes me think you don’t know what you are talking about. Try drinking a lot of booze. Next week smoke a joint and then tell me your sky is falling story!

  • JK Proctor

    I am all for I-502! Our government is giving us the opportunity to stand up to the plate and show everyone that this is NOT some B*** S*** industry! They only have eight requirements for us to follow and YOU just so happen to want to break one of those eight by growing on public property? PLEASE guys do not step on their toes and ruin this for all of us! I am a young entrepreneur and really want this to work and obviously you do to cause you’re interested in the business. The last thing the fed’s wanna see is someone already trying to break their rules. Please just buy a property near your location and not on public land. Hopefully the state officials catch it and stop it before the feds do! Or maybe this guy will smarten up and not ruin it for us all! We would all APPRECIATE it! Go for your goals even tho they may lower my chances of succeeding but dont try our leaders! That’s the last thing any of us want and you Mr. Charles do not wanna be one of the reasons the fed’s jump in and shut it down! You can make this work with out going against our fed’s and please do so! Also if you read this Mr. Charles best of luck to you and everyone else with the industry!!!!!! :D I think we can really make this work and keep it out of the black market and away from children! Also we can help our community and economy strive to be the best with this 100+ billion dollar industry and LETS SHOW THE FED’S WE ARE READY AND WILLING TO COMPLY TO GIVE THE VOTERS WHAT THEY WANT!

    P.S By the way if we limit the amount of production for these big business it will be better for us so we can all profit on this move. There is plenty of money to be made Lets make it together and help each other! HAPPY I-502 LADDIES AND GENTLEMEN! :D

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  • Derrin Harvey

    Frustrated,

    I get what you are saying about the bad old days. I do. It’s not the bogey man anymore. It’s simply another agricultural commodity like hops or wine grapes. But when the saw mill gets shut down and people still gotta eat why not be on the leading edge of a brand new multimillion dollar industry? New good paying agricultural jobs for Americans? How could you be against that? Time to keep up with the times before you get passed up.