Reason.tv: iGrow Medical Marijuana - A California Growth Industry

The California economy is in trouble, but there's at least one industry in the state that's booming: medical marijuana.

Even though medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, the people working in the industry continue to operate in the shadows of legal uncertainty. Dispensary owners and growers live in constant fear of being raided by federal agents who maintain that marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, remains illegal under federal law. And for years, indoor marijuana growers have dropped big bucks on growing equipment while keeping mum about what exactly it is they've been growing.

In Oakland, however, things are changing. Earlier this year iGrow (now called weGrow) became the first hydroponics store to come out of the grow closet and proclaim to the world that they exist to help farmers grow more and better medical marijuana. iGrow's slogan? There's no such thing as a $10,000 tomato!

We went to iGrow, the first US hydroponics superstore catering explicitly to pot farmers, to learn more about the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in California.

Approximately 6.5 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

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  • ||

    Wow! That truck is fucking awesome.

  • ||

    Shit, that dude's job is the stoner engineer's wet dream. I waste my days designing fucking water systems and this dude is doing grow rooms. Fuck I need to get out to Cali.

  • Jeb||

    ....that's the place to be!

  • Cheech||

    Come on dopers....illegal aliens and free dope. That's what "Reason" is all about! I wonder why liberterians never get elected?

  • ||

    D+, please try again.

  • Cheech||

    How's this, fuck you troll!

  • Gabby||

    Here's a turd for you to lick a shine onto.

  • Mr Whipple||

    Don't forget the illegal sheep on dope. Oh wait, they're all at your house.

  • Mr Whipple||

    Interesting. Perhaps by the time I'm ready to buy an apple orchard in New Hampshire to make applejack, um cider, they'll have MM laws, and I can supplement my income.

    Anyway, forget that semi-perm trailer. Greenhouses are much cheaper. Just some old 2X4s and some 5 or 6 mil plastic sheeting, a cheap fan, and an electric heater.

  • Valawe||

    Hopefully Governor John Lynch isn't around, he vetoed the MM bill becuase, "It will send a bad message to my children,"

  • Valawe||

    Hopefully Governor John Lynch isn't around, he vetoed the MM bill becuase, "It will send a bad message to my children,"

  • Paul||

    John Lynch is a bad message to his children.

  • ||

    John Lynch having children is a bad message to his children.

  • Paul||

    working in the industry continue to operate in the shadows of legal uncertainty. Dispensary owners and growers live in constant fear of being raided by federal agents who maintain that marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, remains illegal under federal law

    Just like I pictured medicalization...

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    Here in NM Suzanna Martinez (R) had my vote for governor simply because she was not the incumbent (Denish was the Lt. Gov last cycle). Then she came out against medical marijuana. So now I don't even have a turd to polish only douche vs douche.

    I did a write-in for Lysander Spooner.

    ... Hobbit

  • ||

    Of course the world's first LEED-certified marijuana cultivation facility is being built in Oakland, California.

  • ||

    Legalizing marijuana = save the U.S economy. Everybody goes back to work, then calls out. At least we will all have jobs.

  • Sonny Boy Press||

    This video makes me wonder... What the fuck is wrong with this country? Trillions of dollars of tax dollars spent while the whole time we got all this pot laying around?

    dude, wtf? It doesn't take a stoner to realize you can just sell the shit. Fuckin' idiots, man, seriously.

    I just keep smokin' all this weed and I still can't figure out what to do to get out of all this debt!!

    I hope there is a really good reason that I don't know about to keep marijuana away from the free market.

  • Robin||

    You already nailed it.. money is the reason we can't have it in the free market. These guys would have to totally revamp their business model and their profit margin would get cut to fractions of what it is today. Save the medical marijuana industry/mexican cartels keep marijuana illegal! Makes me want to puke.

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