Arizona Medical Marijuana Superstore Now Open for Business

Posted on Jun 09, 2011
A new medical marijuana superstore is now open for business in Phoenix, stemming from the newly enacted Arizona medical marijuana law passed by Arizona voters last November. The new store, which has been dubbed by some as the "Wal-Mart of Weed" or "Home DePot" was opened by California-based weGrow on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

The store, which offers nearly 2,000 products, is located in a 21,000 square foot building in the Phoenix area. The store offers products that include soil, grow lights, and irrigation trays.

"We sell everything but the plant itself," said Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow. "We sell the products and the services for people to safely and responsibly cultivate their own medicine."

The store's opening came on the same day the state was supposed to start accepting applications for the 125 permits to open and operate medical marijuana dispensaries. The application process was put on hold while Arizona sought clarification from the federal government over whether Arizonans were at risk of prosecution for involvement in activities sanctioned under the new law.

Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney for Arizona, cited in a letter last month to state health officials that the cultivation, sale, and distribution of cannabis, which the U.S. government has classified as an illegal narcotic, remains a federal crime, putting Arizonans at risk of potential prosecution.

According to figures, 3,696 people have obtained cards which would permit them to possess and grow marijuana for medical purposes.

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