A new weGrow store opened in Sacramento, California on Saturday, February 26, and a post on the CBS Health Blog asked an expected question: Is medical marijuana going mainstream?
The establishment, however, is not what people might expect of, or associate with, a â€œstore.â€ You will not be seeing shelves upon shelves of weed, or various weed-based products, according to the post; so it will not exactly be a CVS or Walgreens or, for that matter, Wal-Mart â€“ although the new weGrow store is already being referred to as the â€œWal-Mart of Weedâ€. WeGrow will offer merchandise, as well as have how-to experts available, to help medical marijuana patients hydroponically grow pot.
What will be available for sale are hydroponic growing equipment, and plant nutrients such as â€œKushie Kushâ€ and â€œBig Budâ€. They will also offer classes on cultivating pot. At the weGrow opening, Frederick H. Nesbitt III whipped up omelets for the crowd, according to a feature on Time.com. Nesbitt is the executive chef of CannabisCatering.com, which specializes in marijuana dishes. The omelets he served that day, however, were of the â€œtraditionalâ€ kind.
The weGrow store in Sacramento is a 10,000 square foot emporium. According to the Sacramento Bee, the weGrow enterprise began as a warehouse store in Oakland last year. This is a new direction for hydroponics outlets, as these initially avoided mentioning marijuana because cultivating pot is illegal under federal law. As more states approve the use of medical marijuana â€“ there are now 15 states that allow its use to relieve pain and nausea for chronic conditions such as cancer an AIDS â€“ an increasing number of hydroponics stores have also cropped up.
WeGrow Sacramento serves as a â€œbeginningâ€ of sorts for the company. They also intend to put up similar stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon.