Oakland City Leaders Attend Reopening Of Marijuana Megastore


Photo: iGrowOakland.com
Oakland marijuana supply superstore weGrow held its Grand Re-Opening on Sunday.

‚ÄčWhat a difference a year makes. Last year, you would be hard pressed to find any Oakland city leaders at an event called “Hemp Evolution,” but on Sunday, they were publicly supporting the industrialization of medical marijuana.

It was already known as the “Wal-Mart of the marijuana world,” with 15,000 square feet of everything you need to grow or use marijuana, according to Cecilia Vega of KGO. Now, iGrow is growing even more, and changing its name to “weGrow.”

“We have further plants to expand across the country,” said Derek Peterson of weGrow. “In addition to our retail store, we’re taking our hydroponic distribution company, Growup Technologies, public.”
The flagship store is in a warehouse near the Oakland Airport, but soon, there could be a weGrow opening in a city near you.
“Burlingame is actually already operational,” said Dhar Mann of weGrow. “We’re opening up a Sacramento facility here within the next month or so.”
Next month, California voters will decide to take marijuana legalization to the next level, making its sale and consumption legal for adults over 21, rather than for authorized medical patients only, as is now the case.
Oakland mayoral candidates were on hand for weGrow’s grand reopening.
“Medical marijuana is legal and what we’ve done is both reduce street crime around marijuana, and at the same time, improve the product and regulate it as an industry,” said city councilwoman Jean Quan.
“We have four medical centers in Oakland,” said former Senate President Dan Peralta. “So we are a natural for having an industry sprout up.”