Marijuana prohibition in Washington state ended in 2012, when the state legally began regulating production, distribution and sales at that time. In the first year and a half of marijuana production under the new law, the state realized $83 million in marijuana tax revenues, according to drugpolicy.org. In 2014, Oregon followed suit by ending marijuana prohibition, along with Alaska.
The West Coast manufacturing facility of Imperial Brown completed a year-long, phase one construction project for the fast-growing marijuana industry in Washington state. The project, separated in three phases, involves a total of 24 growing rooms, also called "warm rooms” or stability rooms.
The rooms, with high-tech equipment installed by Advanced Growing Solutions of Eugene, OR, keeps the temperature at a constant 70 degrees to maximize yield of the plants. The units are part of a large year-round marijuana growing operation just outside of Seattle. These products are used for medicine and oils.
The customer ordered the "warm rooms" in order to maintain tight control on the production variables, according to Tom Housel, Inside Sales Rep for the West Coast facility of Imperial Brown. For instance, the fans are extremely highly efficient to cut down on utility costs, Housel said.
The six "warm rooms" completed in Phase 1 are 39' by 122' and 12½' tall. The walls are constructed of 4" high-density rail and the ceilings are 5½” wood framing. The second phase, now completed, involves six additional growing rooms identical to the first phase. The third phase involves 12 growing rooms, including a 9-room combo, a 2-room combo and a single room is now in the planning phases.