Local business gives tour of first farm licensed for marijuana production

Local business gives tour of first farm licensed for marijuana production »Play Video
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- A farm in Benton County is one of the first in the state to get a license to produce and process weed, and KEPR was the first to tour it today.

This is how Scott Masengill starts his day now: opening his greenhouse to work on his "greens."

"I used to wake up to an alarm, whatever hour, and hit the ground running. Now I haven't set an alarm since I started this endeavor," said Scott.

Scott and his wife are the owners of Tumbleweed Farm in Benton County. They don't want to share the exact location.

After a year of paperwork, inspections and investment of nearly $200,000, their business became one of the first in the state to get licensed to produce and process marijuana.

"This would have been my dream job. For the last 40 years, if someone would have said, 'If anything was legal for you to make a living at, what would you want to do?' and I really think I am in it now," said Scott. "I don't want to let the state down. This is an experiment, and I want it to be successful."

Scott tells KEPR Tumbleweed was approved for a Tier 2 license, meaning they can grow up to 7,000 square feet of canopy. Regulations required him to put up multiple security cameras, motion detectors and an eight-foot wall surrounding the farm. He tells us they will have 10 different strains of marijuana to offer retailers, with names including Purple Haze, Ghost Train and Banana Kush.

"I hope that as this flourishes and becomes more widespread and accepted in society that that stigma will be removed. It's just another way to relax and enjoy your leisure time."

Scott expects his business to do very well, despite living in a more conservative area.

"I don't think it's going to be a problem. I was a little concerned when I bought this place as to how the neighbors were going to react, and it's been nothing but positive," he said.