First East Coast Medical Marijuana Superstore to Open in Washington D.C. This MarchBy Scott Gacek | The Daily Chronic January 23, 2012
The “Walmart of Weed” is set to open in the nation’s capital as the medical marijuana program in Washington D.C. takes root.
WASHINGTON, DC — The hydroponics superstore nationally-known as the “Walmart of Weed”, weGrow, is set to open in the nation’s capital this March as the medical marijuana program in Washington D.C. takes root.
The growing franchise sells all of the products and services one would need to grow marijuana or other indoor plants, but does not sell the plant itself.
weGrow D.C. franchisee Alex Wong secured a lease for the store at 1522 Rhode Island Ave, NE. The 2,500 square-foot store will feature a similar layout to weGrow’s West Coast retail stores and will provide a full array of products and services to medical marijuana cultivators and indoor gardening enthusiasts. The store is near the only Home Depot in Washington D.C. and is blocks from the Red Line Metro at the Rhode Island Ave. stop.
“This is a great step forward for medical marijuana patients in Washington D.C. and nearby states,” said Wong. “weGrow will be here to work with medical marijuana growers to ensure the safest indoor growing practices are being followed to produce the best quality medicine for patients.”
Though Wong has nearly a decade of business experience owning and operating a wholesale business in Maryland, opening this weGrow store is his first experience in the medical marijuana industry.
“I am confident that weGrow will fill a void of product and knowledge for approved cultivation centers in D.C. and for patients who need to grow their own medicine in other East Coast states where patient cultivation is legal,” said Wong.
weGrow is a one-stop-shop for the products and services one would need to grow plants indoors. The D.C. store will feature a vast selection of hydroponic supplies; grow room demonstrations with real, non-marijuana plants; classes to teach safe and responsible practices for cultivation as well as expert technicians for professional grow room designs and builds.
“The opening of the first weGrow store on the East Coast represents not only a great step forward for our franchise but for the entire medical marijuana industry,” said Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow. “This store will serve as a hub for many surrounding states and will be a great launching pad to promote safe and responsible cultivation practices to new patients as medical marijuana laws move eastward.”
Currently, the brand has three locations – in Sacramento, Calif.; Oakland, Calif.; and Phoenix, Ariz. Additional weGrow stores are set to open in California, Arizona, Michigan and Delaware.
by Scott Gacek
A long time marijuana reform activist from Boston, Scott Gacek served on the Board of Directors of MassCann, the Massachusetts state NORML chapter, from 2009-2011. In July 2013, Scott assumed the role of Editor in Chief of The Daily Chronic.