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We make several strains each year, and most of them are a one time creation; they will never be made again. Here are the souvenirs from 808 Genetics that quickly went out of stock:

Animal Mac

MAC 1 x Animal Cookies IX (9 week variety, strawberry yogurt, kush and mint)

Baddie

Haole Girl BX x Animal Cookies IX (12 week bloom, vanilla and gas)

Baffled

Forum Cookies x Cherry Cupcake (9-10 weeks bloom, gassy kushy cookie dough cherry fuel)

Candy Machine

Runtz x Strawberry Runtz (9 week variety, Runtz candy with a twist of strawberry)

Cara Dune

Animal Cookies IX x Animal Cookies IX (9 week variety, kush, gas, mint and notes of cream)

Cheddar Cheeseburger

Durrr Burger (Cheddar Cheeseburger pheno) x Vanilla Shake (10 week variety, cheeseburgers)

Chee Hoo

Wifi 43 x Kauai Mints #77 (9-10 week variety, earthy, piney, gassy, with mint and vanilla)

Cherry (Cherry Pie BX3)

Cherry Pie x Sweet Cherry Pie (8 week variety, cherry candied pie crust and gas)

Cherry Kush Mints

Kush Mints (Rabbid Hippie) x Sweet Cherry Pie (8 week variety, cherry kush mints, the name is the terps)

Circus Animal

Animal Cookies x Animal Cookies IX (9 week variety, kush, gas, mint and notes of cream)

Circus Cookies

Forum Girl Scout Cookies x Animal Cookies IX (9 week variety, minty, kush, gas, notes of cream)

Crip Mints

Kush Mints x Criptonite (9 week variety, kushy bubba gas of the highest order)

Dinosaur

Animal Cookies x Cherry Cupcake (9-10 weeks variety, gassy cookie dough and cherry fuel)

Elbosaurus

GMO x Cherry Cupcake (9- 10 weeks bloom, sweet cherries and funky garlic mushroom fuel)

Erkle

Purple Urkle x High School Sweetheart (8-9 week variety, purple grape gas)

Fried Ice Cream

Sunset Sherbet x Durrr Burger (10 week variety, baked orange gas)

Gasoline Breath

Gas Vein

= Triangle Kush x Criptonite (10-11 week variety, gas and vanilla)

Good Neighbor

Durrr Burger x Animal Cookies IX (10 week bloom, gas and funk)

Guaco (GMO BX3)

GMO x GMO BX2 (10 week variety, gassy funk)

Haole Girl BX3 F2

Haole Girl IX

Haole Girl Slaps

Hawaiian Ice Cream

Sunset Sherbet x London Pound Cake #75 x Kush Mints #11 (9 week variety, creamy guava ice cream)

Kauai Girl

Kauai Macnut

GG4 x Kauai Mints #77 (9-10 week variety, skunk, cookie dough, and gas; better than the original)

Lemon Macarons

Lemonade x Animal Cookies IX (8-9 week bloom, lemon lime candied cookies)

Li Hing Mui

Runtz x GMO Papaya (9 week variety, candied li hing mui)

Lychee Candy

Papaya x Strawberry Runtz (9 week variety, Sweet tropical papaya terps for decades)

Maraschino Cookies

Forum Cookies x Sweet Cherry Pie (9-10 week bloom, cherry cookies)

Mint Cookie Shake

Kauai Mints #11 x Vanilla Shake (10 week variety, mint cookie shake)

Mint Flurry

Kauai Mints #22 x Vanilla Shake (10 week variety, mint shake)

Nipsey Truffle

Black Truffle x Sunrise Papaya (10 week variety, sweet and funky gas)

My Precious

Durrr Burger #13 GMO BX2 x Vanilla Shake (10 week variety, exquisite, high-end, gassy chem)

Orange J

Sunset Sherbet x Vanilla Shake (9-10 week variety, orange push pop, vanilla ice cream, gas)

Papaya Cookies

Papaya x Animal Cookies IX (10 week variety, sweet papaya cookies, kush)

Papaya Cream

Wedding Cake x Sunrise Papaya (10 week variety, sweet cream and papaya)

Papaya Girl

Haole Girl BX x Sunrise Papaya (10 week variety, vanilla and tropical fruit)

Peanut Butter Jelly Breath

Peanut Butter Breath x Strawberry Runtz (9 week variety, peanut butter jelly time)

Pie Guy

Sweet Cherry Pie x Sweet Cherry Pie (8-9 week variety, the ultimate cherry pie terps)

Rainbow Ropez

Cherry Pie x Candy Machine (8-9 week variety, cherry candy and gas)

Rainbow Shake

Zkittle Mintz x Vanilla Shake (8-9 week variety, fruit candy, vanilla ice cream, gas)

Royal Papaya

Blue Sapphire x Sunrise Papaya (10 week variety, vanilla yogurt and sweet papaya with a hint of gas)

Screamah

Gelato #33 x Animal Cookies IX (10 week variety, orange, blueberry, and gas)

Sea Cake

Wedding Cake x Sea Stars (10+ week variety, vanilla and gas)

Smashin Fruit

Papaya x Criptonite (8-9 week variety, over the top tropical fruit sweetness and soul penetrating gas)

Snowflake Cake

Wedding Cake x High School Sweetheart (10 week variety, creamy gassy cakey waffles with syrup)

Strawberry Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie x Strawberry Runtz (8 week variety, cherry strawberry candy with a hint of gassy dank)

Sunrise Surprise

Sunset Sherbet x High School Sweetheart (9 week variety, blueberry syrup pheno)

Sunset Strudel

Sunset Sherbet x Animal Cookies IX (10 week variety, sweet, gassy toasted strudel with orange and blueberry notes)

Supaz

Haole Girl BX x Criptonite (11-12 week variety, sweet vanilla and gas)

Sweet Lightning

Kauai Electrics x Vanilla Shake (9-10 week variety, Sprite and vanilla ice cream)

Vanilla Custard

Haole Girl BX x Vanilla Shake (9 week variety, vanilla custard, gas)

Vanilla Custard Pie

Haole Girl BX2 x Vanilla Shake (9 week variety, vanilla custard, gas)

Vanilla Scoop

Wedding Cake x Wedding Cake x Animal BX (9-10 week variety, vanilla ice cream, cookies, and gas)

‘Ainakea Sugarcane

GG4 x Crippy x Heirloom Purple Thai (9-10 week variety, sweet chocolate skunk with fruit and gas)

Animal Kush Mints

Animal Cookies x (Animal Cookies x Kush Mints #11) (9-10 week variety, cookies, gas, blueberry Kush)

Animal Mintz

Animal Cookies x SinMint Cookies (9-10 week variety, cookies, gas)

Bay Wave

Animal Cookies x A.I. (Crippy x Haole Boy) (10-11 week variety, cookies and gas)

Breath Of Success (B.O.S.S.)

Wedding Cake x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (11 week+ variety, sweet creamy gas, CHEM D, GMO FUNK)

Broke Da Mouf

Zkittlez x Tropical Trip (9 week variety, Skittles candy with fuel)

Cake Pop

Wedding Cake x Wedding Cake x Animal BX2 (9-10 week variety, vanilla cake and gas)

Cake Shake

Wedding Cake x Cherry Pie x Kauai Mints #22 (9-10 week variety, vanilla, cherry, and gas)

Cherry Cake Mints

Wedding Cake x Cherry Pie x Kauai Mints #11 (9 week variety, vanilla cherry with a hint of mint)

Cherry Candy

Cherry Cupcake x Cherry Cupcake (7-8 weeks bloom, sweet and sour cherry candy)

Cherry Crumble

Cherry Pie x Florida Grapes (8-9 weeks bloom, cherry, candied grapes and kush fuel)

Cherry Fume

Gorilla Fume x Cherry Cupcake (8-9 weeks bloom)

Cherry Gasoline

Crippy x Cherry Cupcake (9-10 weeks bloom, gassy cherry fuel)

Cherry Sunset

Sunset Sherbet x Cherry Cake Mints (10 week variety, orange push pop and cherry with a hint of mint)

Cherry Popper

Cherry Pie x High School Sweetheart (8-9 week variety, cherry pie, sour cherry candy)

Cookie Monstah

Animal Cookies x High School Sweetheart (9-10 week variety, cookie, gas, cherries)

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Crippy Mints

Crippy x London Pound Cake #75 x Kush Mints #11 (10-11 week variety, gas)

Crip Mints

Kush Mints x Criptonite (9 week variety, kushy bubba gas of the highest order)

Criptonite

Crippy x Crippy IX2 (9-10 week variety, dank gas of the highest order)

Cyclops F2

*Da Crip (Crippy BX)

Crippy x Crippy x Heirloom Purple Thai (10+ week variety, gas, chem, gas station)

Deluxe

Donny Burger #11 x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (10-11 week variety)

Dinosaur Cake

Wedding Cake x Cherry Cupcake (9-10 weeks bloom, sweet creamy mangoes and fuel)

Doggystyle

Dozer

Crippy S1 x Vanilla Shake (11 week variety, gas, chem, with a hint of vanilla)

Durrr Burger

GMO x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) = (GMO BX2) (11 week+ variety, straight up CHEM D, GMO FUNK)

East Kauai Dogg

West Maui Dogg x Vanilla Shake (9 week variety, sour licorice gas with deep earthy notes)

Electric Purple

Kauai Electric x Florida Grapes (9 week variety, lemon-lime and grape)

Erkle

Purple Urkle x High School Sweetheart (8-9 week variety, purple grape gas)

Fire Shit

GMO x Crippy BX3 (9-10 week variety, gas and funk)

Frylock

Sea Stars x Vanilla Shake (12 week variety, gas and vanilla)

Garlic Butter F2

Garlique Glue

GG4 x Garlic Butter #ThugPugGenetics (8-9 week variety, garlic skunk)

Gas Shake

Karma Josh D OG x Vanilla Shake (9-10 week variety, sour creamy gas)

GMO Papaya

Papaya x Durrr Burger (9 week variety, papaya and gmo, and a touch of gas)

Gas Station

Donny Burger #22 x Crippy BX2 (10-11 week variety)

Goblet Of Fire

Haole Girl (808 exclusive cut) x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (11 week+ variety, sweet creamy gas on its own level with added CHEM D, GMO FUNK)

Golden Papaya

Papaya x Zkittlez x London Pound Cake #75 x Kush Mints #11 (9 week variety, sweet papaya, bubble gum, Skittles, with a hint of mint)

Gorilla Paw

Gorilla Glue #4 x Meat Breath (9-10 week variety)

Gorp Grapes

Granddaddy Purple Kush

Granddaddy Florida Kush

Gravey

Guava Lava

Sunset Sherbet x Kauai Mints #77 (9-10 week variety, guavas and gas)

Guava Sherbet

Sunset Sherbet x Guava Lava (9-10 week variety, orange and gas)

Halo Halo

Sunset Sherbet x (Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) (9-10 week variety, sweet fruit, creamy ice cream, and dank gas)

Haole Girl F2

Haupia (Coconut Pudding)

Haole Girl (Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) x (Animal x (Animal x Kush Mints #11) (10-11 week variety, sweet creamy coconut pudding with dank gas notes – silky creamy goodness!)

Hawaiian Duckfoot

Webbed Leaf Indica x Hawaiian Hash Plant (8-9 week variety)

Hawaiian Hash Mints

Hawaiian Hash Plant x Kauai Mints #77 (8-9 week variety)

Hawaiian Sweetheart

Forum Cookies x High School Sweetheart (9-10 week variety, cookie, gas, sour cherries)

Hula Girl (Haole Girl BX)

Haole Girl x A.I. (Crippy x Haole Boy) (9-10 week variety, vanilla, drenched in gas with a hint of mint and blueberry)

Hydration

Ice Cream Truck

Wedding Cake x Sunset Sherbet x Kauai Mints (9-10 week variety, vanilla, orange, with a hint of mint)

Instagram

(Haole Girl x Crippy BX2) x (London Poundcake #75 x Kush Mints #11) (9-10 week variety, sweet creamy gas, blueberry Kush)

Rainbow Rancherz

Zkittlez x Florida Grapes (8-9 weeks bloom, Tazte the Strain Bro!)

Kanaka Punch

Lemonade x Cherry Cupcake (8-9 weeks bloom, fresh-made lemonade infused with sour cherry fuel)

Kauai Butter

[(Crippy x Heirloom Purple Thai) x Garlic Butter] #ThugPugGenetics (9-10 week variety, pine, earthy, gas, butter)

Kauai Kure

ACDC x (London Pound Cake #75 x Kush Mints #11) (10 week variety, citrusy, earthy, surf wax with a little sweetness and gas)

Kauai Kush

Haole Girl F1 (pine kush) x Haole Boy (9-10 week variety, pure pine-sol and gas)

Kauai Skunk

Pre Roadkill Skunk x A.I. (Crippy x Haole Boy) (9-10 week variety, skunky, earthy, gas, and vanilla)

Kraken

Chewbacca Burger x Vanilla Shake (10 regular souvenirs) (10 week variety, GAS)

Kulolo

Forum Cookies x (Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) (9-10 week variety, sweet taro and creamy coconut with sweetness and dank gas)

Leilani

Haole Girl x Tropical Trip (Crippy x Heirloom Purple Thai) (10+ week variety, sweet, vanilla, cream, licorice, and gas)

Malasada

Forum Cookies x Crippy x Heirloom Purple Thai (9-10 week variety, sweet creamy goodness)

Mandarin Cherries

Orange Sunshine x Cherry Cupcake (9-10 week variety)

Master Shake

Wedding Cake x Cherry Pie x Haole Boy (9-10 week variety, vanilla and cherries)

Meat Candy

Meat Breath OGKB x Meat Breath (9-10 week variety)

Meat Pop

Meat Breath x Meat Breath (9-10 week variety)

Menehune

Polynesian Landrace x Vanilla Shake (9-10 week variety)

Minting

Kauai Mints x Cherry Cupcake (9-10 week variety, mint and cherries)

Kauai Mints x Napali Kush (9-10 week variety, minty vanilla)

Moana’s Gift

ACDC x Kauai Mints #77 (12+ week variety)

Modified Cherry

Cherry Pie x Donny Burger (9-10 week variety, cherries, gas, funk)

Molten Lava

Gorilla Glue #4 x Haole Girl BX (9-10 week variety, skunk, dank, gas)

Mystical Mushroom

GMO x Unicorn Poop (10 week variety)

Animal Cookies x Kauai Mints #77 (9-10 week variety, gassy cookie)

Napali (Haole Girl BX2)

Haole Girl x Haole Girl BX (10 week variety, creamy, sweet, gas)

NaPali Kush

Crippy x Forum Cookies x Forum Cookies x Blue Power (9-10 week variety, gas, cookies, dank)

Nitro

Haole Girl x Crip Kush (10-11 week variety, gas, vanilla, dank)

Ogre Breath

GMO x Meat Breath (10 week variety, gmo funk)

Peanut Butter Sunshine F2

Peanut Butter Sunshine x Peanut Butter Sunshine (9 week variety)

Piece of Candy

Zkittlez x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (9-10 week variety, sweet candy, CHEM D, GMO FUNK)

Pohaku

Animal Cookies x Crippy x Heirloom Purple Thai (9-10 week variety, gassy cookie meets tropical fruit)

Rainbow Road

Wedding Cake x Haole Girl BX (10-11 week variety)

Royal Shake

Instagram x Vanilla Shake (10-11 week variety, vanilla ice cream shake)

Sea Stars

Crippy x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (11 week+ variety, straight up petroleum fumes, CHEM D, GMO FUNK)

Shake Shack

(Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) x (London Poundcake #75 x Kush Mints #11) (9-10 week variety)

Sherburger

Sunset Sherbet x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (10-11 week variety, sweet Push-Pop gas, CHEM D, GMO FUNK)

Wedding Cake x Crip Kush (10-11 week variety)

Slurrr Burger

Donny Burger #22 x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (10-11 week variety)

Star Fuel

Haole Girl F1 x Haole Boy F1 (9-10 week variety, pink Starbursts, Mountain Dew Baja Blast, and gasoline)

Sunrise Papaya

Papaya x Cherry Cupcake (8-9 weeks bloom, sweet sunrise papaya grown in Hawaii)

Sunset Gello

Sunset Sherbet x FLO (10-11 week variety)

Sunset Grapes

Sunset Sherbet x Florida Grapes (10-11 week variety)

Sweet Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie x Cherry Cupcake (8 weeks bloom, sweet cherry pie and fuel)

Sweet Cream Kush

Wedding Cake x Animal Cookies x Kush Mints #11 (10-11 week variety, vanilla, creamy, sweet, gas)

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Terp Slurper

GMO x Florida Grapes (10 week variety, gas funk and grapes)

The Wave

Donny Burger #11 x Crippy BX2 (11-12 week variety)

Triangle Burger

Triangle Kush x (GMO x GMO X Larry F8) (10 week+ variety, creamy Kush Gas, CHEM D, GMO FUNK)

Tropical Trip F2

Vanilla Shake

Wedding Cake x Wedding Cake IX2 (10 week variety, vanilla ice cream, gas)

Vegas Girl

Wedding Cake x Meat Breath (10 week variety, vanilla and meat)

Waifu

Forum Cookies x A.I. (Crippy x Haole Boy) (9-10 week variety, cookie dough vanilla, drenched in gas with a hint of mint and blueberry)

Wedding Cake x Animal Cookies x Cherry Cupcake (10 weeks bloom, vanilla cake, mint cookies, and cherries)

Yessah Blessah

Crippy x High School Sweetheart (11-12 week variety, sour cherry gas)

GMO BX x Forum Cookies BX (9 week variety, raunchy gas cookie mints)

Zkittle Mintz

Zkittlez x (London Poundcake #75 x Kush Mints #11) (8-9 week variety, Skittles, blueberry Kush)

Butter Mochi

Forum Cookies x Garlic Butter #ThugPugGenetics (9 week variety, sweet butter mochi)

Caramel Cake Pop

Caramel Apple Cake x Crippy Reverse (10-11 week variety, caramel apple, cake, gas)

Cereal Cake

Zkittlez x (Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) (8+ week variety, candy cereal, cake, gas)

Cherry Chiffon

Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2 (9-10 week variety, sweet cherry dessert)

Cherry Cupcake (Cherry Pie BX)

Cherry Pie x (Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) (8+ week variety, cherry, cake, gas)

Coconut Cake

Wedding Cake x Heirloom Purple Thai (10-11 week variety, coconut, vanilla, and gas)

Coconut Wireless

Wifi 43 x Heirloom Purple Thai #2 (9-10 week variety, lychee, coconut, pine, and gas)

Crip Kush

(Wedding Cake) x (Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) (10+ week variety, cherry pie, vanilla cream, and gas)

*Crippy S1 (feminized souvenirs)

Crippy x (Crippy reversed clone using STS) (10+ week variety, gas, earthy pine, with some lemon Pledge)

Bali Hai Bomb x Heirloom Purple Thai (9-10 week variety, peppery, meaty, gas; phenomenally good.)

Frosty Flights

Blue Sapphire BX (9-10 week variety, deep vanilla and gas)

Blue Sapphire is one of 808 Genetics’ most coveted cultivars, found from seed by @supakauai in 2012. This is exclusive to our garden (highest rarity). Testing at over 32.5% with deep vanilla, gas, and dankness. Tight internode spacing, very sturdy branches. This is our most indica-dominant variety; short squat plants that have a decent stretch to allow tall warrior spears. Ideal for indoor and greenhouse.

Galaxy Rose

Triangle Kush x London Pound Cake #75 x Kush Mints #11 (10-12 week variety, sweet creamy gas, earthy)

Guava Chiffon

Sunset Sherbet x A.I. (Crippy x Haole Boy) (9-10 week variety, guavas, cream, gas, and kush)

Hanalei Bay

Animal Cookies x Heirloom Purple Thai (9-10 week variety, minty, doughy, blueberry syrup notes)

Hawaiian Hammah

Animal Cookies x Kauai OG

Hawaiian Rainbow

Forum Cookies x Kauai OG

Hawaiian Shave Ice

Sunset Sherbet x Project 808 (9 week variety, tropical fruit syrup, blueberry, gas)

Hunny Bun

GG4 x Sin Mint Cookies (9 – 10 week variety)

Ice Cream Butter

Sunset Sherbet x Garlic Butter #ThugPugGenetics (9 week variety, sweet, creamy, deliciousness)

Kaithai

Heirloom Purple Thai blueberry jam pheno x Heirloom Purple Thai (9-10 week variety, blueberry nagchampa, and chocolate)

Kauai Mints

Forum Cookies x (Forum Cookies x Kauai OG)

Kauai OG

Crippy x Crippy x Crippy x Kauai Electric

Kauai Pie

Cherry Pie x Kauai OG (8 week variety, cherries, and gas)

Kanaka Kush

Lemonade/Lemon Tree/Lemon Diesel x A.I. (Crippy x Haole Boy) (10 regular souvenirs) (8-9 week variety, lemon, gas, earthy kush)

Lemon Cherry Cake

Lemonade x Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2 (8-9 week variety, lemon, cherry, cream, fuel)

Lightnin’ Lemonade

Lemonade, Lemon Tree, Lemon Diesel x Heirloom Purple Thai (9 week variety, homemade purple lemonade)

Mayjah

GG4 x Heirloom Purple Thai #1 (10 week variety, chocolate blueberry truffles)

No Ka’Oi

Foof x Project 808 (9+ weeks, methanol gasoline)

Pie Cake

F2 (Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) x (Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy BX2) (8-9 week variety, cherry pie, cream, and gas)

Pinetrees

Crippy x A.I. Haole Boy (10 week+ variety, gas, Gas, GAS!) Come in collectable custom one-off glass jars.

Pink Sunrise

Heirloom Purple Thai grapefruit electric pheno x Heirloom Purple Thai (9-10 week variety, magenta-colored flowers, ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange)

Secretz

OZ Kush x Heirloom Purple Thai (8-9 week variety, sweet tropical fruit salad aroma)

Smacks

Forum Cookies x Cherry Pie x Wedding Cake x Crippy x Crippy x Crippy x Kauai Electric (9-10 week variety, sweet honey and creamy dank gas)

Star Power

Blue Sapphire x A.I. (Crippy x Haole Boy) (10 regular souvenirs) (9-10 week variety, vanilla kush gasoline)

Soultrain

GG4 x Project 808 (9-10 week variety, chocolate, blueberry, gas)

Supaglue

GG4 x Heirloom Purple Thai #2 (9-10 week variety, skunky-skunk funk of the highest order)

Thaiscream

Sunset Sherbet x Heirloom Purple Thai (10 week variety, exotic Thai fruit ice cream)

Tropical Trip

Crippy x Heirloom Purple Thai (10-11 week variety, gas, blueberry syrup with chocolate notes)

White Thaiger

Haole Girl x Heirloom Purple Thai (10-11 week variety, sweet cake, vanilla, gas, blueberry syrup with chocolate notes)

Wonder aka Wonder Bread

Wedding Cake x Sin Mint Cookies (10 – 11 week variety)

W.O.W. (Walking On Water)

Triangle Kush x Haole Girl BX (10 regular souvenirs) (9-10 week variety, creamy, cookies, chem and gas funk) (Limited drop, 10 packs in total)

Arizona Cannabis farm is raising eyebrows

SNOWFLAKE, Ariz. — The Latter-day Saints temple looms over the landscape, its smooth granite exterior bright in the high desert sun. At the top, a golden angel glimmers in the light.

Across the quiet highway from the temple is a 40-acre greenhouse that locals refer to as “the marijuana farm.”

Phoenix is a three-hour drive away. They call it “the Valley” here, 5,600 feet above sea level. Though only some 6,000 people live in Snowflake, the temple draws more than six times that number, from as far away as New Mexico.

Officially, the cannabis company is called Copperstate Farms. It is partly owned by Fife Symington IV, the son of a former governor of Arizona, and it bills itself as the largest wholesaler of cannabis in the state. It could be the biggest greenhouse dedicated exclusively to cannabis in North America.

In 2015, Symington heard that the greenhouse owner at the time, NatureSweet, was having a tough time with its local tomato-growing operation and had opted to leave Snowflake. Symington decided the greenhouse had to be his.

But before he could grow anything, Symington had to convince the locals.

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‘A LITTLE BIT ROUGH’

Resistance ran deep. Lynn Johnson, now the mayor of Snowflake and a member of the church, was on the City Council at the time.

“A lot of people were very upset,” Johnson said. “Here we are, [a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] community, and we have the biggest marijuana farm in the world. That was a little bit rough.”

Symington had moved to Snowflake in spring 2016 and hired his father’s former press secretary to help him.

“I thought they would burn me in effigy in front of the town hall,” he said.

Symington’s background helped. He had spent more than two decades as the head of a company that grew vegetables in Mexico, and knew a good agricultural opportunity when he saw one: The greenhouse was in Arizona’s White Mountains, with high exposure to the sun, protection from extreme winter weather and access to a large aquifer.

“It was kind of like running a grassroots political campaign,” Symington said. “I talked to everybody who would listen to me. I went to the Chamber of Commerce lunches and to Rotary [Club] breakfasts.” He promised to hire at least 130 people and pay them a starting wage of $15 an hour. Over and over, he said he was not asking anyone to adjudicate whether marijuana should be legalized; that was up to the state.

MORE THAN TRIPLED

He knew that the consumer demand for marijuana was there. Arizona had legalized medical marijuana several years earlier, and by the end of 2015, nearly 90,000 state residents had joined the program, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. (That number has more than tripled since.)

The town held several public hearings. Opinions were mixed. Some people worried that products cultivated in the greenhouse would make their way into the community; others were concerned that marijuana was still illegal on a federal level. A few suggested having a referendum instead of allowing the City Council to make the call.

Barbara Hansen, who is now a manager at Copperstate Farms, spoke in favor of the marijuana farm, according to the minutes from one hearing.

“People talking about the impact on kids need to address their concerns at home,” she said at the meeting. “If they are going to do drugs and cannot get their hands on marijuana, they will pull them out of parents’ medicine cabinet, and the drugs there are more damaging and addictive than marijuana.”

Mary Law said the arrival of marijuana in Snowflake reminded her of “Satan’s words ‘You can buy anything with money.'” She added: “If we oppose these plants, the Lord will bless us and better businesses and more jobs will come into the community.”

‘PUT ON THIS EARTH’

There was another religious interpretation. Dave Haws spoke up to say that cannabis was “put on this earth by the Lord,” making it “no different than every other plant.”

In the end, the need for jobs kept resurfacing in arguments that favored the facility. The greenhouse had been an employer for decades.

Bernie and Krista Nauss, a couple who won millions in the Canadian lottery, established it in the late 1990s to grow tomatoes. (Though they did not grow marijuana there, Bernie Nauss was fined 25,000 Canadian dollars for growing weed in his basement in 1998, according to The Toronto Star.)

The couple sold the greenhouse to Eurofresh, a produce grower, which filed for bankruptcy and was acquired by NatureSweet, a tomato company.

NatureSweet didn’t stick around for long. The tomato company’s exit came in 2015, and followed another difficult moment for the town’s economy: the closing of a paper mill in 2012. By the time Symington came around, Snowflake was in the market for a big, steady employer. Some townspeople were not impressed by the base pay of $15 an hour that Copperstate Farms promised, but at the time Arizona’s minimum wage was practically half of that.

“Fifteen dollars is better than nothing,” Johnson said.

APPROVED THE PERMIT

In the end, Johnson voted against Copperstate Farms, but the majority of the City Council was won over and approved the permit.

The farm now employs 365 people from the Snowflake area. Overall, cannabis companies in Arizona employ more than 20,000 people, according to Leafly, a trade publication.

Before joining Copperstate Farms as CEO, Pankaj Talwar worked at Procter & Gamble and at George Weston Ltd., which owns brands including Wonder and D’Italiano.

“Driving percentage growth in my prior job would be growing by 5% or 7%,” Talwar said. “Lights out, super successful.” In contrast, Copperstate’s sales grew by 146% between 2019 and 2020, he said.

Arizona voted to legalize recreational cannabis in November, and dispensaries, including four run by Copperstate Farms, have already started selling products to people 21 and over.

Impressed by Symington and by the growth of his business, Johnson has changed his mind about the presence of Copperstate Farms in Snowflake. Last month, the town council gave Copperstate Farms the green light for another 40 acres, with Johnson on the supporting side. With the planned greenhouse expansion, Copperstate Farms expects to hire at least 40 more people.

Not everyone has been won over.

‘DIFFERENT SET OF TROUBLES’

Daliah Flake, whose great-great-great-grandfather was one of the town’s founders, volunteers at the Stinson Pioneer Museum in Snowflake. On a Thursday morning last month, she explained the town’s history while showing a visitor the black-and-white photos of her family that hang on the museum’s walls, a loom used by one of her ancestors and a book that records the deaths of Snowflake’s residents, dating back more than 100 years.

She said she is worried about how the marijuana farm will affect the town’s future.

“I understand the medical use, but now there’s recreational use, too,” Flake said. “That brings a whole different set of troubles.”

Her boss, Sarah Brimhall, president of the Snowflake Heritage Foundation, popped in for a few minutes. She complained that sometimes, when she used to go on walks, she could smell the cannabis wafting from the farm.

But that’s rare these days, she said, and she has mostly accepted the farm as a town fixture.

“Do we want everybody to work at a marijuana farm? No,” she said. “But people have to work.”