KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. -- Under blazing rays in the Columbia Gorge, young marijuana plants drink in the sunshine.
Farmer and part-owner Susie Wilson watches over them with a smile.
I m sort of a maternal person naturally and I feel very, attached to each one of these plants, she said.
Her farm, called Wow Weed, features 2000 plants. It's located in Klickitat County in an industrial area.
Many plants are started inside under high-powered grow lights, then moved out into the natural sunshine.
Others were planted outside, their sandy soil protected from the winds of the gorge with black plastic.
As you see the plants are doing a lot better. They look beautiful really. They re just beautiful! Wilson said, although she admitted it's strange for her to look over the field of legally growing marijuana.
Its, its very weird, Wilson said. I never thought I d see this in my lifetime. And you know, I never thought I d be able to do this.
Wilson said she's long advocated for the legalization of pot. Becoming the first licensed grower in Klickitat County was too good to pass up.
But now, the pressure is on. She's one of the first 10 farmers approved back in April and retailers are hounding her for product.
I would like to throw my phone away right now! And I feel really bad for all the retailers that don t have product but want to open their doors but there s nothing for them to sell, she said.
Wilson blames state regulators who, she says, did not let producers begin growing pot until mid-April. It takes roughly three months to finish the harvest, the three-month mark is next week.
Very hectic! Very, very hectic, said Wilson.
High demand means high prices, too. Wilson will sell her first batches of pot at $4000 per pound, roughly twice the cost of medical marijuana.
Wilson said she's invested months of effort and $80,000 to get her marijuana farm up and running, and now she's hoping to recoup some of that investment.