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

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In this July 1, 2014, photo, Bob Leeds, owner of Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower and processor in Seattle, inspects small "clone" plants growing under lights in Seattle. The clones will be grown into full-size plants that produce the sticky "flower" required to make potent recreational marijuana. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — 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.

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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