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Looking outside of California, Greta considered an opportunity to relocate to Washington state, which [not long after California,] had passed laws in 1998 allowing patients with qualifying conditions to grow and use marijuana. Being in the Evergreen State allowed her to be nearer to her son and his family, so in 2010, she and her husband packed up the remnants of their life in construction & banking and moved to Spokane, Washington.
She set up a small garden with her husband and began cultivating medicine in their basement. Greta's first paid cannabis job was to write a manual for Arizona on opening a dispensary under their newly passed regulation. She later opened a dispensary which was ultimately shut down by the Federal forfeiture clause.
She started making trips to Olympia (the state capital of Washington), jumping right in to understand the political process. Here she found doors opened easily for her, and people were simultaneously listening to her and guiding her. Greta was encouraged to move to Seattle. With the help of two young local entrepreneurs, Alex Cooley and Trek Hollengal, she moved to Seattle and started an ancillary business in direct contact with the cannabis businesses.