With the legalization of cannabis in stages in Connecticut, nurseries and other stores are gearing up to supply new customers.
âPersonally, I don’t know much about its growth, but we’ll see an increase in business,â said Jessica Hart, manager of Hart’s Greenhouse and Florist, which is located in Canterbury, Brooklyn, Norwich and Preston.
Anyone over 21 can currently smoke marijuana in Connecticut, but people 18 and older who are medical marijuana patients can start growing their own cannabis plants in Connecticut in October. They will be limited to three mature or flowering plants and three immature plants per person, or 12 plants per household, whichever is less.
Hart said Hart’s greenhouse will also be ready when everyone can grow plants personally in 2023.
âI think we can adapt and start transporting more product,â Hart said.
Jennipher Pickford, director of Norwich Agway, said she has had clients researching cannabis grow products for some time, although the same products can be used for traditional gardening. Some of the popular products include Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil, Coast of Maine Grower’s Blend fertilizer, as well as fish and bat guano fertilizers and hydroponic equipment.
Pickford said people often say they “grow tomatoes” as a euphemism for growing cannabis plants. If anything, it’s a bit of legal jargon used to sell in areas where cultivation is not yet legal. For example, the official product description for Grower’s Blend states, âIt works well with tomatoes and where growing cannabis and marijuana for medical purposes is legal, growers have reported tremendous results. “
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âYou have to go get it,â Pickford said. “It’s not like ‘boom, here’s a bag with a marijuana plant on it.'”
Pickford said ages vary for buyers. Over the past two years, she has seen her personal growth increase, which has doubled the sales of pot-friendly products.
However, Timothy Glaude does not believe that newcomers to the sale of cannabis cultivation products are going to be successful in selling them. As the owner and operator of CT Home Grown, a hydroponics store in Canterbury that focuses on hemp online, Glaude said if someone doesn’t have knowledge of techniques and supplies, like the types of light and ventilation a grow room needs, it won’t. practice.
âThe guy who comes here has no idea what he wants and needs to be told, and if he’s said badly, the plants don’t lie,â Glaude said.
Glaude said the impending increasing legalization of medical medicine has not led to any new clients until now, and he is supported by a client base he has built over ten years since opening.
âIt’s just because it’s still too new and they aren’t really educated about it,â Glaude said. “They don’t spend their time researching marijuana and the laws unless they’ve been in black market life in some way.”
Even for companies dedicated to growing sourcing; Glaude said the âniche marketâ is always tough.
âI’ve seen four or five grow stores that know about this come in and close their doors,â Glaude said.
As for Bryan Langevin, co-owner of Green Valley Glass stores in Putnam, Colchester and Norwich, he wants to learn more about growing cannabis, as a medical marijuana patient himself, and wants to grow for himself and eventually start selling growing supplies and equipment. .
â(Growing up) is the real bargain,â Langevin said. “A little more freedom is never a bad thing.”
Hart believes that some of these clients may develop a general interest in gardening.
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âIf people are successful with this and get used to growing things, then maybe we’ll see an increase in market gardening,â Hart said.
Pickford said she looks forward to when more people can grow in 2023. In the meantime, Pickford said she wants to host an educational seminar at the Agway on growing medicinal marijuana, featuring the brands that the store stocks, once it has verified the legality with the State.
âIf people can legally grow it, we want to help them, support them legally throughout the process,â Pickford said.