WASHINGTON: Today the Washington State Liquor Control Board issued that state’s first recreational marijuana licenses: one for production and one for processing. Both went to Sean Green, chief executive of Kouchlock Productions, who was first in line when the board started accepting applications.
Green, a former real estate appraiser, got into the medical marijuana business in 2011 and currently operates two dispensaries, one in Spokane and one in Shoreline, just north of Seattle. He plans to use his Tier 3 production license, which allows up to 21,000 square feet of plant canopy under current rules, for a grow operation in Spokane that will supply starter plants to other growers. In an interview last month, Green told me he has come a long way since his first forays into pot growing:
I dabbled a little bit. I was horrible at it. I grew the worst pot anybody ever saw, but I did it as a hobby. Back when I was younger I was interested in it. I got married, had kids, so I was hands-off. My ex-wife, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, so she got her doctor’s authorization several years ago, and I started a very small-scale operation and grew the worst pot anybody ever saw. That was a few years before I got into the industry….
I built a grow room that had a window on a retail store, so every grower in the world comes through and wants to tell me how to do it better. Some actually know what they’re talking about. So I just immersed myself in the culture with some of the world’s best growers and learned as much as fast as I could, and now we’re growing premium cannabis so it’ll stand up next to the best of the best.