Into the Weeds: An exclusive first look inside a legal marijuana - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Into the Weeds: An exclusive first look inside a legal marijuana farm

Posted: Updated:
BENTON CITY, Wash. -

By Traci Dial

It has more security cameras than your average bank and you won't find it on any map. Our cameras got an exclusive first look inside one of the inland northwest's mega-grow marijuana businesses.

Inside Experience Organics in rural Benton County is up to 200 pounds of legally and organically grown marijuana. 

"It starts with having healthy plants to start with, then we take what we call clones off of them which is just cutting to reproduce the same plants over and over again," said head grower, Sean Gillette. He has more than 2 years of experience growing legal marijuana. He started on the medical side and said he is one of the lucky ones.

"A lot of the best growers that were growing in medical, they didn't have you know a million dollars to start an operation," explained Gillette.

There are eight people total working at Experience Organics. Gillette is training two apprentice growers from the ground up. The man behind the operation is a west side businessman who was looking to capitalize on this budding industry. He picked the east side of the state for growing for a reason.

"The power is less expensive," head grower Gillette explained. "We also have a lot of property to work with. So those are some things producers on the west side can't benefit from."

Experience Organics has what the state calls a Tier Three license.

"That's 30,000 square feet of canopy space. We're using about a fifth of that right now so we have time to grow into that," said Gillette.

There are dozens of legal marijuana growing businesses in rural Benton County alone. But where are they? Well, they're kept private and hidden for a reason.

"We're at a little over 40 cameras and it's all mandated by the Liquor Control Board," said Experience Organics' Media and Marketing representative, Nick Cruz.

The cameras aren't allowed to have any blind spots and Experience Organics must keep 45 days of continual footage on site. 

"This is a lot of money sitting around as far as product goes and a lot of these operations are large scale. It's in place for a reason and it's something that's definitely necessary," said Cruz.

Experience Organics takes give months to get a crop to market. They expect to produce 90 to 100 pounds for market a month.

"We will be focusing the majority of our efforts on the west side. It's a bigger demographic, a lot larger market and we're able to capitalize on the tourists that are coming into Washington specifically for cannabis," said Cruz.

Experience Organics is trying to break into the local retail market but there just aren't as many stores. They do have deals set up with Altitude in Prosser and Happy Times in Yakima.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • One man dead, another arrested after shooting near Post Falls

    One man dead, another arrested after shooting near Post Falls

    Sunday, October 21 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-10-21 14:57:39 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County Deputies arrested a man for involuntary manslaughter after they say he shot and killed another man Saturday evening near Post Falls. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gallatin Way near Post Falls just before 7 pm. Deputies and medical personnel arrived and found a man, identified as Tyler S. Liles, with a single gunshot wound.

    >>

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County Deputies arrested a man for involuntary manslaughter after they say he shot and killed another man Saturday evening near Post Falls. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gallatin Way near Post Falls just before 7 pm. Deputies and medical personnel arrived and found a man, identified as Tyler S. Liles, with a single gunshot wound.

    >>
  • Indianapolis Zoo lioness kills father of her three cubs

    Indianapolis Zoo lioness kills father of her three cubs

    Sunday, October 21 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-10-21 22:54:30 GMT
    Indianapolis Zoo - FacebookIndianapolis Zoo - Facebook

    INDIANAPOLIS - A lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo died in a fight with another lion at the Indianapolis Zoo on Monday, zoo officials said. According to the zoo, Nyack, a 10-year-old lion, was killed by his longtime mate, Zuri, in the outdoor yard Monday morning before the menagerie opened to the public. 

    >>

    INDIANAPOLIS - A lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo died in a fight with another lion at the Indianapolis Zoo on Monday, zoo officials said. According to the zoo, Nyack, a 10-year-old lion, was killed by his longtime mate, Zuri, in the outdoor yard Monday morning before the menagerie opened to the public. 

    >>
  • Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:04 AM EDT2018-10-22 06:04:38 GMT
    Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:04 AM EDT2018-10-22 06:04:38 GMT
    Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
  • SVFD extinguishes portable toilet fire next to Trentwood Elementary

    SVFD extinguishes portable toilet fire next to Trentwood Elementary

    Sunday, October 21 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-10-22 01:24:02 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Firefighters were able to prevent a fire from spreading after a portable toilet wound up in flames next to Trentwood Elementary on Sunday afternoon. Crews responded to a report of a portable building on fire around 4 p.m. Sunday. A full response was prompted after black smoke was seen from Trent and Sullivan. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Firefighters were able to prevent a fire from spreading after a portable toilet wound up in flames next to Trentwood Elementary on Sunday afternoon. Crews responded to a report of a portable building on fire around 4 p.m. Sunday. A full response was prompted after black smoke was seen from Trent and Sullivan. 

    >>
  • Domestic violence suspect shot, killed in Spanaway

    Domestic violence suspect shot, killed in Spanaway

    Sunday, October 21 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-10-22 00:03:11 GMT

    SPANAWAY, Washington (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of an armed domestic violence suspect by sheriff's deputies.  KIRO-TV reports the shooting occurred Saturday night in Spanaway, south of Tacoma.  Deputies responded to a 911 call just before 9:30 p.m. from a woman reporting domestic violence. She said her boyfriend was intoxicated and armed with a gun.   

    >>

    SPANAWAY, Washington (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of an armed domestic violence suspect by sheriff's deputies.  KIRO-TV reports the shooting occurred Saturday night in Spanaway, south of Tacoma.  Deputies responded to a 911 call just before 9:30 p.m. from a woman reporting domestic violence. She said her boyfriend was intoxicated and armed with a gun.   

    >>