A company nicknamed the “Walmart of Weed” is set to open its doors in Washington D.C. Friday. The first weGrow store in the East Coast will open on March 30, just a few miles away from the White House.
weGrow sells plant food and vitamins; ventilation and lighting systems; as well as how-to classes, books, and magazines on growing medical marijuana. What it does not have, interestingly enough, is pot – or the seeds to grow pot.
Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow, shared: “The more that businesses start to push the envelope by showing that this is a legitimate industry, the further we’re going to be able to go in changing people’s minds.”
While marijuana itself will be obviously absent from the weGrow store, its products and services will help those who cultivate pot grow their own marijuana plants for personal use, or for selling at marijuana dispensaries. It is an industry that continues to keep a low profile, as despite the fact that it was perfectly legal to sell hydroponic and other indoor growing equipment, these products were being used in the cultivation of a plant that is considered illegal by federal law.
Mann shared: “For the longest time, it’s been a don’t ask, don’t tell industry… Most people still want to hide behind that faade.”
To date, sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of pot for medical purposes, as treatment for such conditions as anxiety, back pain, HIV/AIDS, and cancer. Fourteen states have also decriminalized marijuana to some degree, by removing or reducing penalties for its possession. Federal law, however, continues to outlaw the cultivation, sale, or use of marijuana.