Few traditional farmers, like Besemer, have expressed interest in Washington.
Simmons acknowledged that there are still many unanswered questions, but said answers will come with new state regulations this year. But he said he could envision an industry that allows for both boutique growers with higher quality marijuana and large outdoor growers to get a cheaper product on the market.
‘‘You’re always going to see people looking for specific strains and varieties,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s like drinking Budweiser or a microbrew.’’