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Bar codes, ladybugs, TLC help marijuana plants get from grow house to storefront

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BELLINGHAM, Washington — Top Shelf Cannabis was able to open its doors to sell marijuana when Washington state's recreational pot industry finally opened for business because of growers like Sea of Green Farms.

For months leading up to the grand opening Tuesday, when Washington became the second state in the U.S. to allow recreational sales after Colorado, the employees at Sea of Green Farms have methodically nurtured the plants in a grow house in Seattle.

Associated Press photographer Ted Warren visited the facility over the past few weeks to document how the crew bar-coded each plant, enlisted ladybugs to keep pests away and harvested the plant's high-quality flowers.

PHOTO: This July 8, 2014, photo shows the manifest for recreational marijuana being delivered from Sea of Green Farms to a store in Bellingham, Wash. Every detail of a delivery is tracked by bar codes and lot numbers required by the state in efforts to prevent any loss or misuse of recreational pot. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This July 8, 2014, photo shows the manifest for recreational marijuana being delivered from Sea of Green Farms to a store in Bellingham, Wash. Every detail of a delivery is tracked by bar codes and lot numbers required by the state in efforts to prevent any loss or misuse of recreational pot. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Here's a photo essay following the marijuana from first planting at Sea of Green's operation to its arrival at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, a 95-mile drive north.


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PHOTO: In this June 25, 2014, photo, marijuana plants at Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower in Seattle, grow in the foliage room, where "clone" plants that have developed roots are grown under special lights. Each plant is individually bar-coded, allowing it to be tracked by the state of Washington at every step of the growing, packaging, delivery, and purchasing process. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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