Money to burn

Seattle – Miles and Connor Deife’s grandfather warned them if they ever smoked weed they’d lose their inheritance and never work the family farm again. Now in their early twenties, not only are they smoking it, they’re running a large-scale grow – on their grandfather’s old land.

Head east from Seattle, Washington, on Interstate 90 – away from the urban skylines and the Puget Sound – until the jagged Cascade Mountains disappear in the rearview. Near Moses Lake, blue and white signs declare the lay of the land: wheat, onions, corn. Plot after plot of farmland, waves of shining honey brown.

Keep going. Twenty miles off the interstate past the tiny town of Marlin is Washington’s "Kush Valley," home of the state’s newest cash crop, since the state legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012. 

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