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Medical marijuana buds new Oklahoma business opportunities

It's a business dedicated to growth — horticulturally speaking, of course.

As the medical marijuana industry launches in Oklahoma, Colorado-based GrowGeneration Corp. is entering the market as a supplier for all the necessary goods and materials to grow cannabis, without selling any actual plants.

The company opened a 10,000-square-foot retail warehouse at 20 NE 46 on Oct. 1. It's a full retail store for commercial gardens, home growers and anyone who needs supplies for any number of botanical products, be it marijuana, vegetables, flowers or anything else.

“That's what we're here for,” GrowGeneration Assistant Store Manager Chris Diaz said. “Commercial, home, anything — we're here to help make sure they succeed.”

Many products offered are similar to items you'd find at any home improvement store. Soil, fertilizer, pots, planters and more can be purchased. But additional supplies are sold more particular to indoor growth and the medical marijuana industry. Ventilation systems, air ducts and heat lamps provide tools needed to simulate optimal conditions for growth.

“We're here to help you control this environment,” Diaz said. “That's the key to any good garden.”

GrowGeneration owns and operates 19 specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening stores in seven states, including Colorado, California, Nevada, Washington, Michigan, Rhode Island and now Oklahoma. The company's mission is to own and operate stores in all the major legalized cannabis states.

In the wake of legalizing medical marijuana, Oklahoma instantly became an appealing location for the company.

“As part of our expansion and growth strategy, GrowGen identifies emerging markets, like Oklahoma, and sets a plan in place to be the ‘first mover' to offer cultivators a one-stop operation for all of their grow supply needs,” CEO and co-founder Darren Lampert said in a statement. “The favorable laws, that include home growing and an unlimited number of commercial cultivation licenses, makes Oklahoma a great new market opportunity for us.”

Diaz has spent a year with the company, but many more in the horticulture business, he said. Cannabis is a straightforward product to grow and produce, and he compared it to a rose in the manner in which it grows.

“If you've ever seen a rose grow, it's quite similar,” Diaz said. “It's a true flowering plant — a rose bud is a bud, and the same thing as a marijuana plant — it is a flower.”

The company's building is set up to allow for large purchases and easy loading of supplies. Trucks can back into loading and unloading bays, and large orders can be completed and delivered from the store.

For anyone wanting supplies to grow anything else, they are welcome.

“We just cater to the gardener,” Diaz said.

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<p>GrowGeneration Assistant Store Manager Chris Diaz stands in the company's new warehouse at 20 NE 46 while Dalton Greene operates the forklift. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]</p>

GrowGeneration Assistant Store Manager Chris Diaz stands in the company's new warehouse at 20 NE 46 while Dalton Greene operates the forklift. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

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