“Folks started coming in almost immediately, getting ready for July, and it’s just increased exponentially since then,” Rash said.
Sales at his store have increased by 100% to 120%, Rash said, estimating that he’d match all of last year’s sales before July 1.
These days, when a new customer comes in wanting to get into gardening, Rash said he starts with a question: “Is this a now garden or is this a July 1 garden?”
Usually it’s a July 1 garden, in which case Rash gets them the supplies they’ll need to grow indoors or outdoors. But he warns them not to get started until then.
Rash said there’s diversity among the customers interested in growing cannabis at home.
“It’s people that have been waiting their entire lives to be able to put a plant in their yard that they have never been able to grow before. I’ve got people in their 70s and 80s coming in that are excited about it,” he said. “I’ve got mid-20s kids coming in that are excited to learn and get into it.”
The younger crowd is more interested in using hydroponic systems, Rash said, while many of the older customers are experienced gardeners who simply plan to put their plants between the tomatoes and the squash. He said being in a more rural area where many people have access to land, it makes sense that outdoor growing would be a popular option.