Peachland industrial-style marijuana grow ready for first crop

The Interior’s largest medical marijuana grow is about to sprout its first crop. The first crop will be . . . strawberries?

The strawberries will be a test crop to work out the intricacies of the system, which is extensive and expensive beyond the dreamiest visions of Cheech and Chong.

After the strawberry run-through, the farm will produce marijuana for a market of 1,000 people already signed up for delivery of the doctor-prescribed pharmaceutical.

The 12,000 square-foot building at the top of Peachland on Paradise Valley Dr. is in a different league than the usual grow, starting with the security.

Barbed wire, of course. That’s easy.

But step inside and you’ll be greeted by a security guard, 24/7, sitting behind a two by four-foot, bullet-proof pane of glass.

“That piece of glass alone cost $1,800,” said Cliff Stowell, who lives next door to the facility and is the founding owner of...

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