Where medical marijuana is legal to cultivate, how long do you think it will be before local garden center retailer gets into this burgeoning industry and openly and unabashedly markets to the home grower/farmer?
I don't mean growing or selling marijuana. I mean becoming the go-to guy for best techniques, and better yields, and selling the systems, grow mediums, lights, fertilizers and other plant products the home grower buys.
If you're in a state, like Florida, where it is illegal, then it's certainly not a good idea to advertise or cater to those customers. But attitudes and laws are changing and it's happening pretty quickly which is good for the IGC if they get in. And where it is legal, you are right, there still is a stigma. But selling the rockwool, Rapid-Rooters(TM) or coco coir along side everything else, the nice lady coming in to buy the hanging basket wouldn't notice or know the difference.
The first place a beginning grower goes to look for the products they need is their local garden center, then Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes and not finding those products at any of those businesses, ends up buying on the internet or buy it at a smoke/head-shop, because none of those regular brick and mortar businesses carry those products. * It just seems like an easy opportunity to quietly sell into this growing market where it is legal. Word of mouth then becomes your best advertising and your message would never reach the hanging basket lady.
That article you linked was sad on so many levels. It reminds me of a police sitting outside a neighborhood bar waiting for patrons to drive out of the parking lot. Impairment then is a police officer's opinion - and not your actual blood alcohol level.
BTW does anyone even know what coco coir is? I'll have to Google that one day.
*Amazon.com sells rockwool, with no ill effects.