GrowGeneration Corp. (OTCQX:GRWG), (“GrowGen” or the “Company”) one of the largest specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening stores, selling to both the commercial and home cannabis markets, with currently 18 locations, today announced it signed a lease to open a 10,000 square foot cultivation equipment warehouse operation and product showroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to service the emerging legal cannabis cultivators in the State of Oklahoma. The Company plans to be open for business January 14, 2019. The Tulsa store will be the 19th for the Company.
Darren Lampert, Co-Founder and CEO, said, “With the success from the Oklahoma City location and part of our expansion and growth strategy, GrowGen identifies emerging markets, like Tulsa and sets a plan in place to open the second location in the state of Oklahoma. GrowGen is the “first mover” to offer cultivators a one-stop operation for all of their grow supply needs. The favorable laws, that include home growing and an unlimited number of commercial cultivation licenses, makes Oklahoma a great new market opportunity for us. GrowGen, with its 2 Oklahoma operations, will be operating in 7 states, with 19 commercial and retail stores, with over 100,000 sq. ft. and servicing hundreds of licensed commercial growers.
Oklahoma Market Overview
Oklahoma voters on June 26, 2018 approved an open-market medical marijuana program: no caps on the number of business licenses, and doctors can recommend MMJ for any patient. Marijuana Business Daily projects that such an unrestricted MMJ market could generate $100 million to $150 million in annual sales several years after the launch. With Oklahoma’s passage, medical marijuana now is legal in 31 states and Washington DC.
Key Details in the Initiative Include:
— Individuals or businesses could apply for licenses to commercially grow, process and dispense medical marijuana. The licenses would cost $2,500 each. The state would be required to approve or deny an application within two weeks; there would be no explicit limit on the number of MMJ businesses.
— Only Oklahoma residents would qualify as business applicants, but up to 25% of the ownership of the MMJ businesses could be from outside the state. Those ownership positions would need to be disclosed.
— Sales of MMJ products would be taxed at 7% (on top of local and state taxes) to cover regulatory expenses.
— Patients would need to get a physician’s signature to use marijuana, but there are no restrictions on qualifying medical conditions.
— Licensed patients could possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person; at home, they could possess 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edibles and 8 ounces of marijuana. They also could grow up to six mature plants and six seedlings for their own consumption.
About GrowGeneration Corp.:
GrowGen USA owns and operates specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening stores. Currently, GrowGen USA has 18 stores, which includes 5 locations in Colorado, 6 locations in California, 1 location in Las Vegas, 1 location in Washington, 3 locations in Michigan, 1 location in Rhode Island and 1 location in Oklahoma. GrowGen USA also operates an online superstore for cultivators, located at HeavyGardens.com. GrowGen USA carries and sells thousands of products, including organic nutrients and soils, advanced lighting technology and state of the art hydroponic equipment to be used indoors and outdoors by commercial and home growers. Our mission is to own and operate GrowGeneration branded stores in all the major legalized cannabis states in the U.S. and Canada. Management estimates that roughly 1,000 hydroponic stores are in operation in the U.S. By 2020 the market is estimated to reach over $23 billion with a compound annual growth rate of 32%.
Forward Looking Statements:
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