With recreational marijuana use on the verge of becoming legal in Maine, real estate brokers are seeing a jump in demand for industrial spaces that could become indoor marijuana farms in the not-too-distant future.

Legal marijuana operations are finding space to grow and store their product by paying premium rents for warehouse space.

"I would look and I would think to myself what can I put here? What can we do? It hit me. This could be a medical marijuana facility."

PORTLAND, Ore. – Forget stainless steel appliances or master suites. There’s a new selling point in some Portland real estate listings: pot plants.

Real estate broker Marty Higgins disliked the head shop vibe on his trips to local medical marijuana dispensaries, so he created an upscale dispensary, Harvest on Geary Boulevard, that opened in the spring. Last week, he went even more posh, announcing the creation of San Francisco’s first private cannabis club.

Say good-bye to retail shops with pot leaf posters. Welcome to the gorgeous -- and profitable -- professionally designed legal marijuana retailers.

Demand for its moisture packs grows along with legal marijuana business.

Popularized by startups like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, the sharing economy has officially gone to pot as Internet entrepreneurs set up B&Bs to tap into the rapidly expanding legal marijuana market.

Growing and processing cannabis takes up space — a lot of it.

TUMWATER, WASH. - The city of Tumwater and its urban growth area could have a new slogan: Instead of "It's the water," once famously associated with the former brewery, it could be "It's the bud."

Zoned Properties, a medical-marijuana real-estate company, is developing what it bills as the state's first "medical-marijuana business park."

Earlier this month, the state’s Department of Consumer Protection awarded licenses to open three more pot dispensaries in the state — and two of them are in Milford.

Marijuana grow closet in a Washington, D.C. condo. Image via dc.urbanturf.com

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A townhouse in the Park View neighborhood of D.C. has a wet bar, wine fridge and a high-tech grow closet for marijuana.
Maryland state flag. Image: Lee Cannon via Wikimedia Commons
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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Somerset County could soon be home to one of Maryland's first medical marijuana facilities.
Marijuana plants grow in the new germinating facility on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation in Flandreau, S.D. AP Photo: Jay Pickthorn
 
FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.
From left, Brynlee Whitten, 4, (doll is Sarah), JoAnn Whitten, Dennis Whitten, Kate Jackson and Linda Moczulski stand in front of a home that may become a marijuana dispensary in Cedar Mill, Oregon. (Wendy Owen/Oregon Live Staff)

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With recreational marijuana sales starting Oct. 1, pot likely will become more visible in Oregon neighborhoods, potentially raising tensions among neighbors, especially those with young children.

Cannabis grow operation in a Denver warehouse. Image: WeedWorthy.com

“It’s all just getting snatched up by these marijuana people.”

An outdoor cannabis garden. Image: Cannabis Training University via Wikimedia Commons
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Wineries and breweries should brace themselves for some unusual competition. Colorado, which legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012, will get its first “weedery” in early 2016.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during a tour of his growing operation in Seattle, Washington June 30, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Redmond)
 
A growing number of retirees are factoring in the legalization of pot when choosing where to spend their golden years.
Image of a future medical marijuana site in New York
 
A Sea Cliff company competing to win a New York State medical marijuana license and open a dispensary on Long Island Friday announced it has secured a manufacturing facility upstate.

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