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, reports the Arizona Republic. Mann opened his third weGrow store yesterday – 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 by Gov. Jan Brewer has halted the monthlong marijuana-dispensary-application process, which was to have started yesterday. Mann had 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. “Now it’s more about serving the patients so that they can grow their own medicine,” he said. “Arizona is a state where there’s high demand and very little information.” State health director Will Humble turned away the first dispensary applicants, setting the stage for a possible legal challenge or administrative appeal based on the state’s failure to implement the law.