CNN - 'Walmart of Weed' to Open in Arizona, Promotes Growing Your Own
This CNN report from earlier this week helps to reinforce my warning from yesterday -- that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) -- is not on hold for Arizona employers. The report features a new establishment in Phoenix, weGrow, which held its grand opening on June 1, 2011, to coincide with the day the state was scheduled to begin taking dispensary applications. The big-box retailer offers everything a would-be cultivator of medical marijuana would need to grow his or her own supply of cannabis. Following the model of other big-box stores, weGrow is even going to offer how-to classes for hydroponic marijuana growing, and sell all the supplies a neophyte grower would need.
State officials' decision last week to sue federal officials rather than begin taking dispensary applications is going to be a boon for weGrow's business. While only about 4,000 medical marijuana ID cards have been issued since Arizona started issuing them on April 15, 2011, weGrow's business plan anticipates 100,000 Qualified Patient cardholders, a nice, fat potential customer base.
It is likely that some of your employees will be among weGrow's customers.