SEATTLE — Now that recreational marijuana is legal in the Pacific Northwest, new businesses are popping up and showcasing the cannabis industry for locals and tourists. Kush Tourism is adding new stops at marijuana retailers and manufacturers so curious locals and tourists can get a look behind-the-scenes of the process and operations of pot goods.
Kush Tourism’s latest feature is a stop at the Evergreen Herbal factory. Visitors can see how oils are extracted from cannabis, processed and tested for potency by state regulators. Then put into chocolate bars, candy, tea and sparkling drinks.
“I hope they come through and see this is a real industry that’s thriving,” said Heather Gerhman with Evergreen Herbal. “It’s been fantastic. We’ve had a really positive response through our facility. People come from other states to where this is very against the law and they’re fascinated. They get to hold 2 pounds of marijuana in their hands so that’s just exciting for them.”
Another new part of the tour is a stop at Dawg Star Cannabis which is a large grow operation. Tourists learn about how pot is grown and packaged for sale.
“Overwhelming for sure. A lot of the guests haven’t seen this many plants in one place. So it’s new for them to see. It’s also nice for them to share any of their questions that maybe they’ve been holding inside for 12, 20, 30, 40 years,’ said Eli Sanders with Dawg Star Cannabis.
Cannabis workers say they field interesting questions. Often times questions are about how potent is the product and what happens if a person eats or smokes too much.