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Luis Alfaro, who moved from Miami to Spokane, talks with KHQ's Cynthia Johnson Luis Alfaro, who moved from Miami to Spokane, talks with KHQ's Cynthia Johnson
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Legal marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, making many people want to move for the chance to invest in weed.

That includes 24-year-old Luis Alfaro. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Alfaro was working in construction with his father when marijuana started becoming legal in other states. Alfaro seriously considered moving to be part of the industry.

“When Washington and Colorado went legal, I sat down with my family and told them you know, this is what I'm thinking about doing. They were very supportive in my decision,” said Alfaro.

It was a decision to move more than 3,000 miles with his wife from Miami to Spokane, WA in summer 2014.

“I had never visited Washington before, but delivery expense was a lot less, and it was still as beautiful. We wanted mountains, the weather and the cold,” said Alfaro. “Spokane was really calling our name. So that's why I'm here.”

Alfaro has been “budtending” at Green Star Cannabis in Spokane for five months. He says getting his foot in the door wasn't easy at first.

“When I first got to Spokane I started sending out emails to different growers, processors, stores. After a week of getting no responses I was like you know what, I'm going to get on my feet. I'm going to get out there and just talk to people,” said Alfaro.

Sam Calvert, Green Star Cannabis Managing Member, said he was blown away when Luis walked in for an interview.

“I knew I was going to hire him right away. His personality was there, his knowledge was there,” said Calvert.

Now, Alfaro is the “go-to” employee, who continues to bring more business to the store.

“Luis is actually responsible for us being an authorized Atmos dealer here in the store, which he set up through a contact he had in Florida. So nobody knows more about the Atmos vaping devices than Luis.”

For Alfaro, selling marijuana has been more than a job. It was an opportunity to start a new life. Now, he's found a future in the marijuana industry.

“Everything in here is just something I've really enjoyed learning along the process and watching the whole market grow,” said Alfaro. “With every week there's something to learn.”

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