Wal-Mart of weed

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  1. Chong says:

    I could do with a huge megastore right about now. I’ve done gone and run out.
    legalise etc.

    haven’t clicked through to the link, is this bone fide legal or shades-of-grey legal or simply feds-waiting-until-they-think-they’ll-scare-the-most-crap-out-of-people-before-they-bust-them legal?

  2. EH says:

    They’ll probably get harassed at some point, but getting the message out early will help establish the arbitrariness of those raids.

  3. strangefriend says:

    I think this is ‘State of California Says It’s Legal & The DEA Says It’s Not Legal.’ But I may be wrong. DOJ Secretary Holder had said the feds were going to stop busting medical marijuana growers, but apparently the narks in California haven’t been grounded yet.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen grow houses in Boulder. That picture is no Wal-mart of weed.

  5. lewis stoole says:

    crap man. i thought this was going to be a hydroponic “pick your own buds” kind of walmart, like going to a farm and picking your own apples.
    i.
    would.
    love.
    that!
    pharm to hand, forget the middleman.
    i would be picking off the buds and eating them like blueberries.

  6. mypalmike says:

    Plenty of people do actually shop at hydroponic shops to get the equipment needed to grow awesome hydroponic tomatoes.

  7. Drew from Zhrodague says:

    I am pissed. How come I can’t grow?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hydroponic cultivation is unsustainable. No matter how slick they try to make its image, leaky diesel generators is not the way forward.

  9. Anonymous says:

    They better encrypt their customer list. There used to be a hydroponics store in Portland Oregon that got real big selling to dope growers. The feds came in, seized their customer list and used it to start going after their entire customer base. I expect that will happen here as well.

  10. buddy66 says:

    It doesn’t matter. The walls are tumbling down. I live in a small town in the ”Green Triangle.” of Northern California where everyone seems to be a grower. Last year’s crop was so plentiful that great bud is currently selling for as low as $500 a pound. There’s a market for the shiny hydroponic things, of course, but the ”long-haired people” are still ”tilling the rich earth.” It’s still a nickel’s worth of water and five cents worth of sunshine around here. Oakland? … yawn.

  11. Xenu says:

    Nobody ever stopped civil injustices with civil behavior.

  12. OriGuy says:

    Do they have a freezer section stocked with frozen pizza and cookie dough in the same box?

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is corruption pure and simple. Pot in CA was supposed to be a non-profit venture. What’s happening is that people with money are using their advantage to squeeze out the competition. Ask yourself why some dispensaries are allowed and others rejected? Why are some raided and prosecuted for being “for-profit”, while others are allowed to rake in millions?

    “Since 2009, Mann and his employees have donated $4,300 to Quan and three other council members including Brooks, who recently signed on to a proposal to have the city issue permits for large-scale growing operations. I asked her what criteria the council would use to pick Oakland’s most reputable cannabis entrepreneurs. She laughed as Mann cut in, “Tall, good-looking, handsome.”

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/wegrow-dhar-mann-derek-peterson

    “Based on current prices, such a factory would generate about $60 million in annual revenue, more than twice the gross receipts for Oakland’s four medical marijuana dispensaries last year. ”

    ““Our real goal is to eliminate a lot of the public problems stemming from illegal and unregulated cultivation,” said Dhar Mann, an Oakland businessman who plans to apply for one of the permits if the proposal passes. ”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/us/18bcmarijuana.html?pagewanted=all

    So it’s not really about the profit, it’s about ending “illegal and unregulated cultivation”? How stupid does he think we are?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Pot will never be legal in the USA because DUI is a 300 billion dollar business and the beer companies enjoy a monopoly. Adolphus Busch will rise from his grave and kill every American before he gives up the milk of his barley to a weed you can grow for (as has already been astutely pointed out) 5ç and some sunshine. You actually think cops want to work real crimes, or better yet, prevent them… versus drive around in the fancy Crown Vic ‘martini glass with the red line through it’ car?… After seeing you stumble out of the bar? Are you high? Oh wait, you’re a Boing Boing reader.

    So in the one corner you have $300 Billion to the legal system and police forces + the worlds biggest companies vs Oakland’s Marijuana Superstore. Anyone taking bets? I bet California falls into the Pacific Ocean before these guys sell their first bong.

    I will put it to you simply.

    You can’t have legal anything until a pot breathalyzer is developed to appease the police union, and people stop drinking budweiser. Ummm yeah, I said it. Put down the bud, “no”, the other one. Great. Now get the other hundred million Americans who imbibe beer to the same. Easy right?

    Better chance of Nascar switching to bio-diesel or hybrid-electric.

    I was in Atlanta when the Feds busted “Southern Lights”… those guys got 10 year minimums for selling this stuff, then they confiscated the ledger and busted everyone they sold too, and some of them got 10 years as well. Over some lights and some weed…

    Times have changed a little, but still. When I was a kid we had to find dealers, and if you weren’t cool, then you couldn’t get any (but that’s another story). Can’t you people find dealers? I actually like the screening process… (hint: move to someplace you can surf).

    Don’t mess around with this stuff people, sip your tinnie, and do what you are told. Otherwise, you are up against the police, the tea baggers, the alcoholics, and the faux hippies who have lost their cash crop (personally, the cops have nothing on those wackos).

    As Keith Richards says: “Keep it in the dark”. If everyone gets it, it’s gonna suck. Just go to Holland if you don’t believe me… their country is underwater and they are happy as shit.

    • codesuidae says:

      You can’t have legal anything until a pot breathalyzer is developed to appease the police union, and people stop drinking budweiser

      Perhaps they should instead develop a standard test for the physiological status deemed necessary to drive. Visual acuity, reaction time, etc. Then it wouldn’t matter if the user had a couple of beers, a spliff, or had just taken too much Nyquil.

      No need for substance discrimination if the goal is to determine whether the user can safely operate a vehicle.

    • turn_self_off says:

      It is supposedly possible to drink this stuff as well…

  15. a_user says:

    They guy is a suit looking for another business venture, hoping to own the niche before their really big money moves in. Think Web 1.0 just after search engines just before the realisation that a single gateway site could try to hold people in its domain and turn clicks into ad revenue and how much that mentality improved the net. You know, those pages in web 2.0 that try to snag search queries to earn clicks for redundant domains. Yes those ones.

  16. turn_self_off says:

    Heh, suit, tie (not dye), and presto, its legit…

  17. slgalt says:

    I wish some of these guys would actually grow amazing tomatoes.

  18. Cowicide says:

    Wal-Mart of weed? No thanks. How about just be as successful as you can without modeling yourself after a megalomaniacal, scummy company like Wal-Mart?

    I hope it was just a bad choice of words.

    • macegr says:

      But that really is the most accurate moniker, in every detail. The recently defeated legalization proposition here was pushed by the grow-op cartel in Oakland. It contained many provisions guaranteed to lock the few larger established ops into a monopoly. There is a lot of money and corruption here. It is not a bunch of barefoot, long-haired people peacefully tilling the rich earth.

      I don’t use the stuff and never will, but even for an uninvolved party it’s easy to see that business sector will not be immune to ethics problems. The illegal nature of the substance has been selecting for those who have little to lose and less to respect. Legalization will not mean a rapid influx of those with average business ethics (especially if the existing ops have their way), so there will always be an aura of shadiness in that sector.

      If legalization does come about, finally there will be a business sector that makes the payday loan and used car salesmen feel good about their work.

      • Cowicide says:

        If legalization does come about, finally there will be a business sector that makes the payday loan and used car salesmen feel good about their work.

        As opposed to alcohol distributers, my friend?

        • Ugly Canuck says:

          “If legalization does come about, finally there will be a business sector that makes the payday loan and used car salesmen feel good about their work.”

          No no – I think she’s referring to that “happy time” after the salespeople and loan officers get home from their respective jobs, and light one up to relax.

          But you are right though – the alcohol people are after that market too.

  19. Barzilai says:

    It’s not weed anymore, any more than Golden Delicious is a crab apple. Unless you’ve actually smelled the higher quality buds, you have no idea how far they’ve come. If they weren’t illegal, flower shops would be selling them for their beauty and fragrance.

    • lewis stoole says:

      a guy just told me how he would cut weed with catnip to stretch it.
      i can’t imagine that even being passable in the here and now.
      the weed in the day must have been pretty bad if no one noticed that kind of weenieness.

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