Kush Tourism: Teaching Tourists About Seattle’s Cannabis Industry

Friday, Jun 23, 2017

Nestled in the Cascadian, ‘coffee corner’ of the United States is Kush Tourism — a cannabis tour company based out of Seattle, Washington.

Kush Tourism was founded by Chase Nobles and Michael Gordon. They have built their company from the ground up with the base idea of offering a comprehensive seed-to-sale tour of the local cannabis industry — and we recently had the chance to spend a day with the team that makes up Kush Tourism and learn what they’re all about.

Jeffrey Leonard, Master Grower at Dawg Star Cannabis, addresses our tour inside of a fully operating I-502 grow room.

Currently, they only operate in Washington state, although there is interest in making partnerships with similar operations in other legal states. “The tricky part is understanding the different state laws,” said Matthew Bentley, tour manager for Kush Tourism. So, for now, their focus is promoting the Seattle market.

The tour covers the beginning of the growing process and the differences between strains during their early lifecycle. Another part of the tour delves into the complexity of plant genetics, showing tourists the different important stages of plant growth.

People who are interested in these cannabis tours range from young couples visiting from both legal and illegal states to elderly women and golfing gentlemen. And that is the point — to offer a quality experience to both cannabis enthusiasts and to those who are just curious. On the trip we attended, there was a couple from Atlanta, Georgia and another couple from Massachusetts.

Under the canopy of a licensed I-502 production room. Jeffrey Leonard explains the importance of the drying process. This is typically where the most expensive mistakes are made in the industry. Cannabis budtender Jake Dimmock addresses the tour, explaining some of the exciting innovations made by entrepreneurs in the world of cannabis. A professional prepares his workstation before diving into a demonstrative glass blowing session. Working on a piece of glassware. Glassblower Chris Drags explains to the tour some of the process going on behind him while one of his peers continues to work on a pipe. A look at some of the finished products during the glass blowing section of the tour. A worker tends to some of the taller, more mature cannabis plants inside of a cannabis cultivation site. The smell of cannabis can be truly overpowering in a grow room that ’ s brimming with this much bud. Close-up look at some of the mature plants under the glow of indoor lighting. Cannabis plants ’ fanning leaves reaching out towards the light. The Kush Tourism tour gives you a chance to get up close to cannabis plants of the highest quality. Observation window at the grow lab at Vela. Fellow tour attendees peering through a window display inside Vela. Jeffrey Leonard addresses our tour group. 427