POT POWER: Monkey Grass Farms estimates their electricity bill will be $4,000.
  • Photo by Kelly O
  • POT POWER: Monkey Grass Farms estimates their electricity bill will be $4,000.

Kelly O and I went to Eastern Washington last week to take photos inside three types of newly licensed legal marijuana-growing facilitates: indoor, outdoor, and a hybrid of both models. Check out this photo! Each has advantages and drawbacks. It's the feature story this week, and here's a snippet of the story about an indoor facility that uses A LOT OF ELECTRICITY:

Cole Hurst has grown pot before—medical marijuana—but he's never done it on the scale he's undertaking now as the head grower at Monkey Grass Farms. The all-indoor facility next to the Wenatchee River is registered as a tier-three recreational marijuana producer, the largest type licensed by the state. At 21,000 square feet, the warehouse has a footprint roughly the size of five basketball courts.

The day we visit, an inventory sheet torn from a yellow legal pad shows that they have exactly 5,467 plants growing under 250 lights.

"This is a quarter of a million watts," Hurst says. Suspended by a wood framework, the lights shine brighter than street lamps onto grassy-smelling young cannabis plants. "My medical garden was 23,000 watts—one-tenth of this size," he says. This operation is so large, Hurst explains, "We can't run all these lights at once."

Read more about this farm and two others >>