NEVADA: GrowGeneration, one of the largest specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening store chains selling to both the commercial and home cannabis markets, announced the opening of its 11th store in Las Vegas on January 17th. GrowGen separately announced that it is one of 11 companies recently added to MJIC’s Marijuana Index.
CALIFORNIA: Ben Wu took a six-figure pay cut when he left a career in private equity for a shot at the marijuana boom.
Trained to spot small businesses with big potential, he started this year as chief executive of Kush Bottles, a Santa Ana company that sells child-resistant plastic cannabis containers.
It took some persuading to get his parents and girlfriend to embrace the move. But Wu insists it was a sound business decision. As the pot industry blossoms, he reasoned, a robust supply chain is needed to help grow, package and market legal marijuana.
“The sky’s the limit,” said Wu, 35, a New York University business school graduate and former vice president at Wedbush Capital Partners. “As long as states continue to adopt, we’re going to double growth each and every year.”