SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) — CBS13 takes you behind closed doors to get a look at a new business opening up in Sacramento that’s being called the “Wal-Mart of Weed,” and they’re hoping to make the city the new cannabis capital.

KOVR’s Mike Dello Stritto was in Arden-Arcade late Thursday night where workers at the weGrow hydroponics warehouse were getting ready for their grand opening on Saturday.

Non-stop preps for 10,000 square feet of medical pot products are underway. They say it’ll be the biggest business of its kind in northern California.

But they’re not selling pot at weGrow.

“We do not sell any medical marijuana here,” said Mike Garcia, a spokesman for the store.

But it’s there – you can see it, and smell it.

“It’s just here for display, nothing in here blooms,” said Garcia.

They’re scraping together everything you need for weed at weGrow, which calls itself “The First Honest Hydro Store.”

Garcia said the store offers “the different levels of how to grow your medical cannabis,” from fertilizer to getting the finished products, and everything in-between.

There are products like “Big Bud” and “Bud Candy.” Then there’s “Piranha” and “Tarantula,” pot plant food, both of which will take a big bite out of your wallet at a cost of $327.42.

In fact, the products are so high-end, they expect to see a lot of organic farmers come there to seek out ways to help grow their more traditional crops.

But it’s not exactly the type of store that neighbors thought would move into the vacant Fulton Ave. warehouse.

“We went and met all the neighbors. We haven’t had anyone say that, ‘Hey, we don’t want you here,’” said Garcia.

But some residents said they weren’t sure what exactly to expect.

“He didn’t go that detailed with it,” said business owner Vartan Gilian.

Some neighbors said they felt misled about what’s opening next door, and they’re worried about opening the door to trouble.

“It’s gonna bring a lot of lunatic, crazy people,” said Gilian. “It’s gonna change the neighborhood quite a bit.”

With sparks already, there might be some things to smooth over. But weGrow hopes to grow on its neighbors, while bringing a boost to the economy.

“We believe this is gonna have a tremendous economic impact on Sacramento,” said Garcia.

But besides the economic impact, they just want to have a positive impact. In fact, come grand opening on Saturday, not just the usual suspects were invited. Elected leaders, the sheriffs department, and even the fire department were asked to come drop in.

In coming months, weGrow plans to open stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon.

The enterprise started in Oakland last year as a warehouse store called iGrow.

Pot isn’t sold or grown at the store. In the past, hydroponics outlets have avoided any mention of marijuana because pot cultivation is illegal under federal law. But hydroponics stores have exploded as states approve medical marijuana use.

Comments (291)
  1. david says:

    i am 50 years old and worked all my life as a union pipefitter and took cancer and now i can not ever work no longer.the dr’s have put me on pills just so i can deal with life to walk and i am in bad pain.all the pills there giveing me is just killing me,but pot could save my life if it was legail to smoke where i live in ky.i smoke pot and i had no choise but to smoke and to stop taking there pills there pills where killing me,i would rather smoke pot and be in jail then take pills and dye,pot has helped my life 100 times better then those dam pills did that is legail to take but the pills kills people every day in ky but the law says no pot but take your pills.i told one judge i was not going to stop smoking pot for pot is what is keeping me alive and the pills where killing me,i mite end up in jail for wounting to live from smoking pot but i am going to smoke pot or they can jail me its the way i have decided to do.i hope you can read my writing for i had no choice but to quite school and get a job at 15 years old but i did better for my sealf in life then most people could dream of and i still pay my way and dont wount no goverment help.all i wount is the wright to grow my medican and if the law dont like it they can kiss my ass this pot has saved my life and it could save others lifes as well if it was legail in ky,i am growing my medican and if the state of ky dont like it then they can put me in jail pay over 100 thousand a year for my medican and room and bord,so tax payers you wount to pay my way in life and work for me or do you wount to let me grow my own medican and you can save at least 200 grand a year,please every one go to the ky sit and vote yes to make growing your own medican in ky legail you dont even need tp live in ky to vote so please vote yes so i can have a better life to live what time i have left,thank you from a pot smoker for life now on.

    1. mc57 says:

      Hye Dave, good luck with Meds. Here in Cali. We do not have those issues. Listen if you want America to understand what you are saying. Look on your tool bar for a (sign) that say’s ABC with a check, this is your spell check bar. click on it and watch the fun. Peace!

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  3. John Hudson says:

    Green Thumb Hydroponics TRUMPS these dudes. Website kills theres too. Not sure why they opened with the off brand stuff they got. I would never use it.