What started as a collection of shipping containers just off U.S. Highway 195 near Thornton is turning into Whitman County's second legal pot farm.

Darrell Shaw, 70, a maintenance worker in the Colfax School District, has received permission to grow between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet of cannabis under a Tier 2 license, according to documents obtained through a records request to the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

Shaw's venture has been on Whitman County's radar for months, partly because of its visibility from the well-traveled route to Spokane.

"It's conspicuous," said Whitman County Planner Alan Thomson. "It's different. It stands out. It's noticeable."

Shaw declined to be interviewed for this story. Both Shaw and his wife, Judy Shaw, 70, have ties to the region, though they have only lived in Whitman County for two years.

They were both born in Lewiston. They were married in 1966 in Lewiston, just after he completed two years of service in the U.S. Army that ended with an honorable discharge, according to the documents.

Before the Shaws moved to Thornton, they lived in King County and Mattawa, in the central portion of Washington. He held work in maintenance. She was a certified nursing assistant and later a custodian. She is not employed at this time, according to the records.

In addition to Shaw, one other person has been given the go-ahead to grow marijuana in southeastern Washington. Garrett Lunders of Asotin is running RL farms, which also has a Tier 2 license and is located just west of Colfax off State Route 26.

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