Leading Mayoral Candidates Don Perata and Jean Quan to Attend Grow Facility Unveiling Oakland, CA - On Sunday, October 3rd, Oakland Mayoral Candidates Don Perata, Jean Quan will join Councilmember Larry Reid and community leaders to celebrate the national expansion of "marijuana superstore" weGrow Hydroponics (formerly iGrow). In less than 8 months, weGrow has become the first hydroponic superstore to appear around the country, with over 75 franchise stores already under contract. weGrow will commemorate their new national brand and store with a ceremonial tree planting (in lieu of a ribbon cutting), and also present the first architectural 3D video renderings of their proposed 60,000 square foot LEED-certified marijuana cultivation facility. weGrow will submit their application to become one of the four cultivation sites permitted by the City of Oakland via their sister company, GROPECH. When the retail franchise opened in January, under the name iGrow Hydroponics, the event received worldwide media coverage, becoming the first store of is kind to offer 15,000 square feet of turnkey marijuana products and services. The facility offered an on-site doctor for medical marijuana evaluations, Ikea-style live marijuana plant grow demonstrations, the University of Cannabis for marijuana education, and a Bloom Room for in-home technician build-outs and consulting all under one roof. The new facility includes 53' Big Bud reefer trailers that are mobile hydroponic grow rooms, a live plant demonstration of the marijuana cultivation process from seed to sale, and even more marijuana plants than ever before. The company’s marijuana farm will likely produce about 350 pounds of pot every week, which means 20,000 pounds of marijuana production every year. Dahr Mann, 26, weGrow’s founder said that if the application for the permit will get approved, the store will open 200 more jobs and the state’s $50M deficit could probably be cut in half. If everything will go according to plan, the business may be taken public and public shares will be opened for investors, weGrow’s co-founder Derek Peterson said. Also last Sunday, grant winners through GROPECH’s non-profit foundation were announced. The winners were Community Rejuvenation Project, Planting Justice, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, and Oakland Food Connection. If weGrow’s 60,000 sq.ft. marijuana cultivation facility will be successfully approved, it would surely mean more jobs, state-of-the-art LEED facility for the city, and tax revenue.