When Rhode Island established its medical-marijuana program in 2006, Justin Blair became what the state termed a “caregiver,” someone licensed to grow plants for patients. His business, Good to Grow, supplies many local caregivers, and patients who grow for themselves, with equipment and supplies.

By Lilli PaknisSpecial to the Journal

Growing up, Justin Blair was surrounded by his mother’s passion for house plants and gardening clubs. He developed a green thumb and carried it with him through Keene State College in southern New Hampshire, studying biology and specializing in plant taxonomy.

In 2008, Blair opened Good to Grow, an indoor gardening retailer that specializes in hydroponic systems, selling everything from grow lights to plant nutrients to gardening accessories.

When Rhode Island established its medical-marijuana program in 2006, Blair became what the state termed a “caregiver,” someone licensed to grow plants for patients. Good to Grow supplies many local caregivers, and patients who grow for themselves, with equipment and supplies.

As the medical-marijuana industry evolves, Blair said, caregivers face the risk of losing their growing rights. There is pending legislation that would reduce the number of plants that single-patient caregivers can grow from 12 to 8. 

“In general, that’s the direction they’re trying to make changes in. To limit the abilities of individuals to grow. So that ability is going to go into the hands of corporations, and then more powerful factions are going to be able to grow on a large scale.”

In June, Good to Grow will begin its 11th year. Its flagship location, 34 Nooseneck Hill Rd., in West Greenwich, opened in 2008.

Blair opened a second store at 51 Tower Hill Rd., in Wakefield, in 2010, a third in Smithfield in 2013, and bought out a competitor to open a fourth in Warwick, at 719 Bald Hill

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