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Major Pot Bust Brings Questions About New Kind Of Pot Tourist

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Could more people be coming to Washington to grow & sell marijuana illegally? Spokane County law enforcement thinks so.

With marijuana legalization in Colorado, thousands have flooded the state for the sole reason to purchase marijuana legally. In Washington, when sales become legal sometime this summer the same is expected. Entrepreneurs in both states are looking to capitalize on the pot tourism business. A major drug bust this week in Spokane Valley has law enforcement concerned about another group of people potentially flocking to the state. Illegal marijuana growers and sellers.

With the legal marijuana market, Spokane County deputies say some believe the laws are more lenient in Washington, therefore people feel more free to grow illegally. On Tuesday, Spokane County deputies busted a home on North Conklin in Spokane Valley. Inside they found an elaborate grow operation with 273 marijuana plants inside. During the investigation detectives noticed the cars that were most frequently at the home had Idaho plates. The man arrested was 21-years-old. He had a listed Coeur d'Alene address. Detectives believe he was renting the home for the sole purpose to grow and sell marijuana.

Neighbors who spoke to KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus say they called it a "ghost house" because they never saw any activity outside the home and all the windows were blacked out. Spokane County deputies believe more people aim to come across state lines and duplicate these crimes with the new marijuana law. It is still illegal to grow and sell marijuana unless licensed by the state of Washington. Deputies also are concerned that the high taxes of legal marijuana will drive up the demand for product in the black market.

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