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Scotts finds a new niche: Cannabis

BY Brae Canlen

Scotts Miracle-Gro, its sales hurting from the pullback in big-box expansion, is looking into new sources of revenues for its lawn and garden products. One of them, according to CEO Jim Hagedorn, is medical marijuana. 

“I want to target the pot market,” Hagedorn told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published June 14. “There’s no good reason we haven’t.”

The growing of marijuana for medical use is legal in 16 states, the largest being California and Colorado. One estimate puts the market at $1.7 billion in sales, although the number could be much higher.

To target marijuana growers, Scotts would most likely buy existing companies rather than create its own line of branded products, according to the interview. Some pot cultivators are already using Scotts fertilizers and soils, while others resist mainstream brands.

Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart account for nearly two-thirds of Miracle-Gro’s $2.9 billion in annual sales. Relations between the Marysville, Ohio, company and independent retailers have been strained over several issues, and Hagedorn said he would like to reestablish good ties with this retail channel.

Scotts may be surprised to find that marijuana consumers are not an easy niche to please. At a Southern California pot dispensary, a disgruntled customer was recently overheard complaining that his last purchase “tasted too much like fertilizer.” He added: “If that’s what you’re going to sell me, I’ll just take my business down the street.”

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Sep-19-2011 09:38 am

Nowadays, our society has
Nowadays, our society has been facing huge problems. Different issues concerned with politics, health, rising unemployment rate. I have heard of news that a certain state has passed a very strict zoning regulations. In California, medical cannabis accounts for an estimated $1 billion of state taxes. The connection between towns and the medical weed business is an unsure one, however, and the San Jose city council has voted to seriously control medical cannabis within area limits. Source of article: San Jose city council votes to limit medical marijuana. Laws or regulations regarding drug use must be strictly imposed to prevent illegal use and abuse.

R.Beal says:
Jun-16-2011 10:08 pm

Weed & Feed ? Nah, Scotts
Weed & Feed ? Nah, Scotts wants to feed the weed.

K.Carroll says:
Jun-16-2011 02:31 pm

Hmm, now let me see. Applying
Hmm, now let me see. Applying poisonous and toxic chemicals to something that people either smoke or consume. Or growing the plant in Scott's dead soils, just plain dumb. Scotts is a purveyor of pollutants that damage the environment. Gardening organically is less toxic to humans and the earth. They are probably the biggest seller of herbicides with atrazine in the U.S. and Atrazine is showing up in public water supplies nationally, all for the sake of a week free yard. What a joke.

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Jun-15-2011 07:42 pm

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It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn't* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* make criminals incredibly wealthy and incite them to murder thousands of people in Mexico every year. Prohibition fuels crime. We have to END it!

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The Golden Hammer vendor awards are designed to recognize the best of the home improvement industry. This year’s awards were selected based on a record-number of Internet-based ballots and produced 32 winners spread across four major categories. 

The Outdoor Living category is subdivided into eight categories. Here are those winners: 

• Barbeque – Weber Stephens
• Decorative Landscaping – Pavestone
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• Lawn & Garden Organics and Chemicals – Scotts
• Lawn and Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper
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• Outdoor Power Equipment – STIHL
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The Golden Hammer Awards ceremony took place during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 11.

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Lawn and garden concept opens in Arizona, with a twist

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Its nickname is "the Walmart of weed."

Described as the nation’s only hydroponics franchise that openly talks about medical marijuana, weGrow opened a 21,000-sq.-ft. store in Phoenix earlier this month. 

The growing chain does not actually sell any marijuana itself, just everything one would need to grow it, according to Dhar Mann, founder of weGrow. The concept already has two locations up and running in Oakland and Sacramento. A Washington, D.C., franchise and Tucson, Ariz., franchise are coming soon, according to the company’s website.

The store features a large selection of hydroponic supplies, and also offers a variety of services aimed at educating medical marijuana cultivators, including live grow demonstrations with real plants, an on-site doctor for medical cannabis evaluations, expert technicians to teach safe and responsible grow practices, and even an on-site laboratory to test cannabis before patient consumption.

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J.GROSKLAGS says:
Jun-16-2011 03:39 pm

It's about time we all start
It's about time we all start making money from this weed and respect the wishes of medical marijuana patients. Business revenue and tax revenue increases.

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