Medical Marijuana Superstore to Help Michigan Patients Grow Their Own
DETROIT — August 26, 2011 — Michigan’s 99,500 medical marijuana patients may not be able to buy medicine from dispensaries after this week’s court ruling, but they can still grow their own. weGrow, named the “Walmart of Weed” by national media, announced that a franchise store will open in Michigan by December in response to the closing of hundreds of marijuana dispensaries around the state.
weGrow helps patients grow their own medicine.
“The closing of Michigan dispensaries will not only put thousands of people out of jobs overnight in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, it will also make life even harder for those patients who are already suffering,” said Justin Jorgensen, chief operations officer for weGrow. “In order to get access to their medicine, patients can’t just go to the store and buy it… they now have to learn to grow it on their own. That’s what weGrow can help with and that’s why we’re making our Michigan store a priority.”
weGrow is a one-stop-shop for the products and services one would need to grow plants indoors. The Michigan store will feature approximately 10,000 square feet of hydroponic supplies, live grow room demonstrations with non-marijuana plants, classes to teach safe and responsible practices for cultivation as well as expert technicians for professional grow room assistance. The only thing weGrow does not sell is the actual plants.
The decision to shut down Michigan dispensaries comes just months after Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer suspended the Grand Canyon state’s medical marijuana dispensary program, leaving thousands of state licensed medical marijuana card holders with no way to purchase their medicine. Despite the suspension, weGrow opened a franchise location in Phoenix on June 1, 2011, the very same day that the dispensary program should have opened in Arizona.
“The opening of the weGrow Phoenix store in the midst of such uncertainty for medical marijuana patients really shifted the way that I thought about this business,” said Sunny Singh, weGrow Phoenix franchisee. “Every day I meet new patients who have serious ailments, and we’re able to help them grow their own medicine. It’s very fulfilling and I’m glad that the weGrow team is pushing to get the Michigan store up and running sooner than anticipated to help those patients in the same way.”
With hundreds of entrepreneurs in Michigan now out of business and locked into real estate, weGrow Founder Dhar Mann anticipates a rush to the hydroponics industry.
“It makes sense for those entrepreneurs who are already well-versed in the industry and are now out of business to find a way to help their customers access their medicine,” said Mann. “Opening a weGrow franchise may be a great opportunity for some of those people.”
New weGrow stores are set to open in Washington D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz. and now Michigan before the end of the year.
For more information, please visit www.weGrowStore.com.