Pot Grower Supply Businesses to Get a Boost
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Pot Grower Supply Businesses to Get a Boost
Posted by CN Staff on August 27, 2011 at 08:58:11 PT
By Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
Source: Detroit Free Press
Lansing -- One sector of Michigan's booming medical marijuana economy -- retail dispensaries -- took a big hit this week when a state appeals court declared their operation illegal and put them out of business.But it's likely to prove to be a boon to another: Those who sell grower supplies. With retail sales curtailed, an increasing number of Michigan's nearly 100,000 registered medical marijuana patients will be forced to grow their own.
The California-based franchise weGrow announced Friday that it plans to open a store with at least 10,000 square feet of floor space in Michigan by year's end.Founder Dahr Mann said the chain, which has stores in Sacramento, Calif., and Phoenix and is developing two others, is looking for a location in metro Detroit. He hopes to expand in coming years.Mann said negotiations with a franchisee are not complete, but said he is confident the Detroit-area location will be open by December.Mann said weGrow franchises cater exclusively to marijuana growers, providing a single location for growing supplies, advice and training -- even certification for medical marijuana patients. He said the Michigan store will have an in-house physician.Michigan's medical marijuana law, approved by voters in 2008, created a fast-growing market for indoor growing supplies, boosting sales at long-established firms and fostering the creation of dozens of newcomers.Much of the marijuana produced for patients certified under the law is grown indoors, in large part because of requirements that plants be confined in a secure location accessible only to the patient or a certified caregiver.Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author: Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press Staff WriterPublished: August 27, 2011Copyright: 2011 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by Storm Crow on September 02, 2011 at 12:38:12 PT
With shop lights or CFLs you can get that initial expense WAY down! I spent less than $100 on my set up! Over the years, I have up-graded a bit- maybe another $100 on bigger CFLs and a new light box to hold them. But my first harvest grown under just shop lights yielded about 4 ounces, so that paid all! (cool white tubes in veg & GE "Kitchen and Bath" for budding- worked just fine!)Add a few rubbermaid tubs and good potting soil and you are set! I spend about $30 a month on electricity and a tad on organic ferts- this keeps 3 medical patients in cannabis (myself and 2 others)! The freedom to grow your own medicine is essential! 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on August 28, 2011 at 12:49:47 PT
Thank you for the link.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 28, 2011 at 12:49:09 PT
I think like you do.
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on August 28, 2011 at 08:40:42 PT
Huge Rally set for Sept. 7 noon in Lansing
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on August 28, 2011 at 07:15:12 PT
Big misnomer
A big myth I see being propagated by the reform movement and now the media is that supply for medical patients is EITHER growing or a dispensary. If they get one or the other they'll be OK, they want us to think.In reality only a small portion of patients can ever hope to afford a dispensary, where prices are typically $300-$500 per ounce. Most disabled people I know are poor because they live on paltry disability or workers' comp. benefits.Growing your own or having a friend or family member grow for you is a totally different proposition. Even for indoor growing, the cannabis is nearly free after an initial expenditure of $200-$300 for equipment. IMO the biggest value of legal medical MJ is protection for people to grow their own for little to no money. People that can afford $400 per ounce already get enough cannabis anyway.
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