Medical marijuana superstore opens in Arizona

Thu Jun 2, 2011 1:19pm EDT
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By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters Life!) - A California-based company has opened a superstore-sized garden center in the state of Arizona catering to people who want to grow their own cannabis.

The company, weGrow, is seeking to capitalize on Arizona's newly enacted medical marijuana law,

"We sell everything but the plant itself," said Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow, which began franchising its big-box stores with outlets in Oakland and Sacramento, California.

"We sell the products and the services for people to safely and responsibly cultivate their medicine."

The 21,000-square-foot (6,400 meter) store offers some 2,000 products, including soil, grow lights and irrigation trays, specially designed for effective marijuana growing, Mann told Reuters.

A doctor also is on site to give eligible patients the initial medical approval needed to apply to the state health department for cards authorizing them to legally grow and use marijuana as treatment for a variety of qualifying ailments.

The store's opening in Phoenix on Wednesday occurred on the same day that Arizona was to have begun accepting applications from individuals seeking one of 125 permits the state plans to grant for the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries. But that process was put on hold last week.

On Friday, the state went to federal court seeking to clarify whether its citizens were at risk of federal prosecution for participating in activities sanctioned under Arizona's medical marijuana act, passed by voters in November.   Continued...

<p>A marijuana plant is seen at the The Global Marijuana March in Toronto, May 7, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>