Mother and Son Growing Medical Marijuana in Southern Colorado


Colorado has a new cash crop: marijuana. Growing pot for medical use is one of the booming businesses in the state. One family has turned nearly 40 acres in southern Colorado into a money making venture.

Within the plastic walls of a small greenhouse, a business is booming for Jason Irwin, and his mother Diane.

“This is me and my mom's little marijuana farm,” Jason said, motioning to a small group of structures and vehicles.

The second of their two greenhouses sits next to a small motor-home where Diane oversees the operation.

“I sold my salon and moved down to the country,” Diane said.

The pair now grows their crops in La Veta, Colorado southwest of Walsenburg, nearly 200 miles from where Diane used to own a successful Aveda Salon.

"I gave Jason some money when I sold the salon. Just trusted him to do what he thought was best, to invest the money and help us get ahead financially,” she said. They talked again when he came up with a plan. “He said he was going to open a dispensary and I said ‘Go for it!’”

His idea was to buy 37 acres near the Greenhorn Mountains to supply his own, legal, dispensary with medical marijuana.

"The growers deal with a lot of the poundage which is where the dollars are," Jason said.

On pure faith, Diane began in the modest trailer in La Veta.

“She also started hanging the buds in here. She did half the harvest in here,” said Jason. “She lived in here by herself with no real heat or water in this camper.”

“It was an adventure that I never though about experiencing,” Diane said. “When we finished it was like an Outward Bound course for me.”

She went on to say the grow operation is an adventure she never thought she'd take after years of catching Jason with pot and throwing it away.

Her son now claims he grosses $5,000 a day as a certified medicine provider, paying city and state taxes since day one.

Now, mom says they're both in for the long haul.

"I really do feel that were pioneers bringing new life to medical marijuana and it's exciting," Diane said.

Colorado is one of 14 states that has legalized medical marijuana. Federal law still bans its use. The justice department has recently announced it would no longer seek to prosecute people using, prescribing or distributing marijuana for medical purposes as long as they're in compliance with local laws.

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  • by Cali Location: SoCal on Dec 14, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    This family should have just kept their mouths shut. I hope he is using some of the 5K in sales for security enforcement. I for one will be stunned if they are targets of rip-offs. MJ Meds are a cash business and bad people do bad things when large sums of cash are around. Good-luck and be careful with the with your 15 minutes of fame :-).
  • by Triple Location: springs on Dec 14, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    Mr.Matt, What is your fix?Caffeine,Nicotine,or alcohol? If you use any of these which I am sure you do then that would make you an addict too...... I am a patient and I am sure I am not as dumb as you are trying to make me look.
  • by Sharon Location: colorado on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Somebody tell this mother and son team that they have just ruined their business. Any bad guy can now find them and rip them off. Some naive mom sitting out in the desert alone, with her son bragging on television that he's selling $5000 per day??!! They are going to have huge trouble with people who want to rip them off. If you know these people, warn them. And KKTV should NEVER have put this on the news. Too much specific information about the location and identity of these naive people who have huge $$$ value of marijuana undefended in the middle of nowhere. Growers, beware!!
  • by silly Location: co on Dec 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    Don't confuse crack heads with people who smoke pot. Unlike people who drink, or smoke crack, or snort meth... pot smokers are very non violent. And hopefully our state will take a cue from California.
  • by protean Location: CS Springs on Dec 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    Here we go again. IT'S JUST POT! ( sorry about the caps) I don't want the State or anybody else 'regulating" Just legalize it so I can grow it in my back yard. If everybody could grow it no one would bother to steal it because it won't have any real value. But no, we want MONEY. We want it to be a commercial product, with taxes, regulations and laws to break or abide by. I don't want pot from a dealer who may be tainted with blood money. And I don't want pot from a store clerk who charges me twice the street value so he can pay the state and his overhead. God made it, I smoke it, that settles it.
  • by triple Location: springs on Dec 13, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Not very smart to show that grow!That is not medical grade marijuana,all that is is a small version of what is growing in mexico.The states new laws will shut them now starting next year.KKTV show us a real grow!I would like to see a large professional grow that is clean and sanitary.
  • by Mac Location: SE Colo on Dec 13, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    Why is it that everytime somebody figures out a way to make a living, they are are crucified by those who probably are not. This was legalized in 2000 in Colo and now the Feds are accepting it as well. People need to figure out that MM is here to stay. Instead of seeing that it brings out criminals, try to realize that if people can purchase it legaly, maybe that alone will eliminate some of the criminals lurking in the dark selling their unmanaged drugs to anyone. I for one am proud that Jason had the insight and the mother had the faith to step out and get r done. Those are the people that give us without a thought of a future, hope, that "dreaming" still works.
  • by Joe Mama Location: USA on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Thats right "hmm", the mother was once a zealot like yourself who believed the propaganda spread by the government and law enforcement about the dangers of marijuana. Now she has obviously educated herself and has learned the truth. Might I suggest you do the same and let these people make an honest living by minding your own business?
  • by bill Location: colorado springs, CO on Dec 13, 2009 at 12:22 AM
    Ah, the entreprenurial spirit lives on. Good luck to them.
  • by Matt Location: C/S on Dec 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM
    Can't wait for Marihuana to be sold at drug stores from behind the counter. People don't need to smoke it, they have pill form without the high.... But wait, I forgot thier not "stoners" just sick people. B/S every tweeker and crack-head smokes pot too. A drug addict is a drug addict.
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