Blue Mau Mau: “Franchising has now officially gone to pot. A marijuana hydroponics franchisor, weGrow, opened its first franchise Wednesday. It anticipates its new 21,000 square foot medical cannabis franchise will sell products to an estimated 100,000 medical marijuana growers who reside in the Phoenix area. ‘We’re not talking tomatoes,’ whimsically says Arizona’s first weGrow franchisee Sunny Singh. The superstore is weGrow’s third. It has two California stores: one store in Oakland opened its doors in January of 2010 and the Sacramento location launched in February of this year. While not selling pot itself, the franchise aims to be a one-stop shop for cannabis cultivators.”
Arizona Republic: “It may not have been the grand opening he’d hoped for, but Dhar Mann says his Phoenix marijuana superstore will be a boon to first-time pot growers. Mann opened his third weGrow store Wednesday – twice the size of his two California locations at 21,000 square feet – amid legal uncertainty about Arizona’s voter-approved medical-pot law. A federal lawsuit filed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer has halted the monthlong marijuana-dispensary-application process, which was to have started Wednesday. Mann said he expected to cater to large-scale cultivation operations that served dispensaries but instead will focus on folks setting up grow rooms and gardens at home.”
ABC 15: “Medical marijuana businesses are beginning to open their doors around Arizona. Green Horizons University in Scottsdale opens their doors to the public Monday morning. They are one of a handful of stores that plan to cash-in on Arizona’s new industry. ‘We are an educational facility to teach everybody everything from A to Z about the medical marijuana industry,’ said Daniel Halbert, who founded Green Horizons University.