[photo essay] Harvesting Legal Landscapes: on location in Washington State

Landscape Photography
by Steve Hyde
Okanogan Valley, October 2014

It’s harvest season in Washington State and the cannabis farmers are pioneering a new way of life under state-legal conditions. These photographs offer a glimpse into the emerging sun-grown cannabis industry in North Central Washington.

Agricultural Craft
Agricultural Craft

The region is known for its apples, which are one of Washington States premiere export crops. The state-legal sungrown cannabis however is grown for consumption within Washington State only.

Okanogan Valley, October 2014
Okanogan Valley, October 2014

Apples can and do thrive in this region.

Okanogan Valley, October 2014
Okanogan Valley, October 2014

The first state-legal sungrown crops are thriving too.

a sungrown botanical wonder.  This plant emerged with red, gold and green leaves.
a sungrown botanical wonder. This plant emerged with red, gold and green leaves.

With great care and many long days at work, the cannabis plants are cultivated to produce robust flowers.

Okanogan Valley, Washington October 10th, 2014
Okanogan Valley, Washington October 10th, 2014

state-legal producers are required to monitor this heavily regulated botanical product with a digital tracking system.

Biotrack plant monitoring system required by Washington State Liquor Control Board
Biotrack plant monitoring system required by Washington State Liquor Control Board

The fresh flowers are processed and prepared for packaging.

fresh plant material ready to be  trimmed.
fresh plant material ready to be trimmed.

Customized machinery aids the trimming process.

A trimming machine streamlines the cultivation work flow.
A trimming machine
streamlines the cultivation work flow.

The flowers before they are dried.

Fresh flower buds emerge from  the trimmer.
Fresh flower buds emerge from the trimmer.

The final product, packaged and ready for the state-legal market.
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Steve Hyde

research professional with a background in the humanities and geographical sciences. I design geographic information systems and make social and cultural documentary films.

3 thoughts on “[photo essay] Harvesting Legal Landscapes: on location in Washington State

    1. Please be advised that “hemp oil” is not recommended for medical treatment. You can get different kinds of cannabis oil with different cannabinoid ratios from any medical cannabis access point; or any edible product with cannabis oil. I do not recommend purchasing untested product especially if you are a patient. Please consult your doctor, or any other doctor you can locate with an easy google search, who has some training in cannabis as herbal medicine.

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