'Walmart of Weed' Not Your Garden-Variety Medical Marijuana Store

Marijuana Store The do-it-yourself craze has reached a new high.

WeGrow, a just-opened marijuana superstore in Phoenix, boasts 21,000 square feet of cannabis gardening tools and a "plant whisperer" who makes house calls. The franchise dubs itself the "Walmart of Weed," and hopes its big-box mentality will lure the country's budding legions of medical-marijuana users.

"We are going to be a lot more competitive because we are the first chain in retail hydroponics," weGrow founder Dhar Mann told DailyFinance. "Everything else that exists are primarily mom-and-pop shops."

More than a million Americans across 16 states and Washington, D.C., are permitted to use pot to relieve the symptoms of many diseases, according to the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. Annual business runs into the billions of dollars.



Medical-marijuana users typically pay between $200 and $400 an ounce, but those who tend their own plants can reduce the cost to as low as $50 an ounce, said Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access. "Cutting costs is always good for patients," he said.

Twice the size of its other outlets in Oakland and Sacramento, Calif., the Phoenix weGrow carries enough irrigation trays, lamps and other paraphernalia to service a larger consumer base. But a lawsuit halting pot-dispensing applications in Arizona threatened to dampen the grand opening. The store still welcomed 10,000 visitors in its first three days, a rep estimated. No word on how many requested the plant whisperer, who reaps $1,200 for eight weeks of two-hour sessions. The ganja emporium also offers "Bloom Room" packages from $69 for a green-thumb briefing to $999 for a grow-room blueprint, onsite installation and expert advice.

The court wrangling over dispensaries began after Arizona voters approved a medical marijuana law. The store intended to focus on large-scale grower/distributors, but for now is catering to those among the state's citizens who are authorized to toke. Individuals can cultivate up to 12 plants if they live more than 25 miles from an official dispensary, according to the law. A doctor stationed at weGrow can grant approval for marijuana ID cards after an examination and a check of medical records, all for $150.


"We are needed now more than ever by patients and caregivers in Arizona," Mann said.

Opponents such as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who filed the lawsuit, point to an earlier state ban on all marijuana use. California might be on its neighbor's mind as well. After that state legalized medical marijuana, more than 200 stores popped up in Los Angeles County, attracting many customers who were not there for therapeutic purposes.

But weGrow believes the grass is greener in expansion. A Washington, D.C., outlet is in the works, Mann said, and more stores are planned.

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ju8lu

some of us really need this for our health and it beats man made meds because GOD made it. and he don't make mistakes he new what would help some of his people that need it. my husband and i both would love to be free to use it but it is not legal in state so we do not use it anymore, but sure wish we could

March 01 2012 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rutch8

let us grow our own. lets fight for that right. im tired of goverment telling us what to do. nothing wrong with weed!

June 24 2011 at 7:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
billbhen

Good keep it open!! The Government is not here to help us but rather rob us!! How long are we going to listen to these throwbacke to the dark ages telling us how to live!!! How much of our hard earned money is going to a 40 year war on drugs that we lost 39 years ago!!!!!

June 16 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
lee

I HAVE BEEN IN PAIN SINCE 2000, I AM FINDING IT HARD TO WALK FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES AT A TIME. THIS ALL SEEMS TO BE THE RIGHT THING TO DO AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED. WHY NOT? I SAY "WHY NOT!!!!!
I TAKE SO MANY PILLS AND THEY ARE NOT GIVING ME A LESSER FEELING THEN THEY USE TO. MANY YEARS AGO I INVITED MARYJANE INTO MY LIFE AND I KNOW WHAT A NIGHTINGGALE SHE CAN BE!

WAY TO GO WALMART! WAY TO GO! THANK YOU. I AM NEARING THE TIME THAN MARYJANE SHOULD BE ADDED TO MY DANCE CARD ONCE AGAIN. BUT IN ALL SINCERITY, I FEEL THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH WALMART INTRODUCING THE WEED FOR MEDICAL NEEDS. AND MEDICAL NEEDS ONLY. WHEN WILL OUR WAL-MART INTRODUCE HER HERE IN DELAWARE?

June 16 2011 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stacirey99

I have read your publication for a long time however know of this person well. First off his store in Oakland closed last year due to poor sales. He has ripped off a ton of people in the process as the East Bay Express chronicled in a piece. I would have just hoped some more research had been done rather than grabbing a headline. Thanks for listening...

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/igrowwegrow-allegedly-doesnt-pay-bills/Content?oid=2491910

June 11 2011 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stocknotifier

Maybe WeGrow should look at the bigger picture and start to Questioning Cannabis Hemp?

If the "Mother of all Commodities" is Petroleum, then who is Father... Halliburton?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia... Citation Needed! "Petroleum is often attributed as the "Mother of all Commodities" because of its importance in the manufacture of a wide variety of materials." The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth... This policy requires that all quotations and anything challenged or likely to be challenged be attributed in the form of an inline citation that directly supports the material.

If thats how Wikipedia feels, then I challenge them for the truth ... or at least a "Citation Needed"! Wikipedia is a great resource of collective knowledge, and I find them a very useful tool for research. But verifiability is not the truth and collaborating, aggregating, or disseminating anything less then the truth will not make the world a better place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum#cite_note-Dixie_State_College-3

As a Commodity Cannabis HEMP can be used for more then anything Petroleum can do... But better, cleaner, safer, and more cost effective. If there was not a prohibition on Cannabis, do you really think FORTUNE 500 still would of named Halliburton as America's largest Oil and Gas Equipment & Services corporation in 2011?

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) is the world's second largest oilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries, hundreds of subsidiaries, and employs over 50,000 people. The company has headquarters in the North Belt office in Houston, Texas, and in offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Revenue - US$18.279 billion (2008) (U.S. 46% International 54%) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halliburton

With gas in our tanks, to the plastics we drink and now from the processed food that we eat... Halliburton is with us, what is next? Our health and wealth too? http://www.haliburton.net/pages/kosher.html

HEMP Education is Needed!
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See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/jQVKrB
http://online.wsj.com/community/groups/questioning-cannabis-1340/topics/questioning-cannabis-hemp-if-mother

June 10 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bam2microa

The war on drugs is lost. What we now need is a war on speculators and lobbyists. That will be more productive and help the overall economy better than anything else we can do.

June 10 2011 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sldvr2

another greedy pot grower imagine that why does everyone have to profit off this why not grow it and give it to those who need it for a reasonable price oh cause you decided you want to get rich off patients mmmm mmmmm smells like a pfizer or lilly wanna be profiting off of those whom are less fortunate and need the medicine to get them through.
Let the mom and pop growers do their thing take your big company/PROFIT approach and please GO AWAY

June 10 2011 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
knute9

The fact is our federal government considers marijuana (Schedule I) more dangerous than cocaine and opium (Schedule II). This being understood, why was marijuana made illegal? To create a incarceration economy for political reasons. Have one half the people chase, arrest, and in prison the other half. And while everyone is busy playing hide and seek, the politicians have raided our country's wealth. Don't believe it? What was our national debt to GDP when marijuana became illegal? 1970 the national debt to GDP was 35%, today it's 85%.

June 09 2011 at 7:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
knute9

The War on Marijuana has be going on now for over 70 years. Presently the usage of marijuana is about the same as cigarettes among teenagers. Is that called success? Results are what matter. In the Netherlands, where it's legal, they have a far lower use of marijuana among teenagers. They have a sensible approach that works. Is marijuana a grave danger to society? Every year there is several hundred-overdose deaths from alcohol. How many people died overdosing on marijuana? Zero. Alcohol is known to cause violent or aggressive behavior, marijuana does not. Some people think marijuana is the gateway drug to harder drugs. Why, because it's easier for a kid to buy marijuana than alcohol or cigarettes? Don't believe it? Do you think a drug dealer going to ask a kid for ID? What do you think would work best to reduce usage, changing people's mindset to live a healthy lifestyle, or the threat of going to prison? The tax monies would be better spent on education and PR campaigns. We must ask why our government is intentionally ignoring the facts? Currently the only thing wasted is tax money. Just look at the results, far more people have smoked marijuana today, by percentage, than in 1937. Our country's marijuana policy has been a failure from start to finish, and we've spent a lot of money going backwards. Also we lost all the tax monies by not taxing it. Talk about waste in government. 70 years of wasted money on enforcement, judicial, and prison systems. Should the police and the courts continue to waste their resources on simple pot possession and use charges, while putting aside efforts on more serious crimes? The fact is prohibition gave rise to the power of organize crime. It is well known that Al Capone was a big supporter of the prohibition of alcohol. Why? There's a lot more profit to made in the untaxed market. There's so much profit that Capone bribed numerous politicians and law enforcement officials. When the prohibition of alcohol was lifted, the crime rate actually dropped. It brought the end of organized crime fighting for control of the alcohol market. That's called success! The strategy right now is to ensure that marijuana is not taxed or sales regulated. Presently the drug cartels are controlling the production and sale of marijuana, not our government. There is a drug war happening south of the border that is undermining the Mexican government. Half the revenue of the drug cartels comes from the production and sale of marijuana. By legalizing marijuana would effectively remove 50 percent of the cartels monies. And any business, legal or illegal, which loses half their revenue, faces a great chance of complete collapse. Our government is running up deficits, spending billions yearly fighting marijuana, and losing billions by not taxing marijuana. There are some who think that the Government should have final say regarding your health, others think the Government should increase more spending to fight marijuana.

June 09 2011 at 6:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply