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Bud tender Kurt Britz, 29, stands at the end of the garden viewing corridor where buyers can watch the product growing at 3-D Denver's Discreet Dispensary. Entrepreneurs are ramping up to get in on the marijuana market now that recreational pot use has been legalized in Colorado after the passage of Amendment 64.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Toni Fox, owner of 3-D Denver's Discreet Dispensary, stands in the grow room. She is looking for an investment of $500,000 to build more grow rooms in a warehouse next door and buy another dispensary in the mountain town of Buena Vista.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Pedestrians are reflected in the main window of the Rocky Mountain High marijuana dispensary.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Ean Seeb, with Denver Relief Consulting, meets with businessmen who pitch him an idea for capitalizing on the marijuana market in Colorado. Seeb's clients pay a $1,000 retainer and sign a nondisclosure agreement to learn how to operate and what to expect in a business that has been underground for most of its history.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles TImes

Bud tender Dan Ericson, left, fills an order at Denver Relief medical marijuana dispensary while Ean Seeb stands by. Seeb co-founded Denver Relief Consulting to help newcomers navigate the complexities of Colorado’s marijuana industry.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Christie Lunsford holds a container of marijuana trim that is used to infuse Dixie Elixirs and Edibles' food products, which include soft drinks, truffles and breath mints. "I believe that as cannabis becomes accessible, our market will grow," said Lunsford, marketing director for the company.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Tamar Wise, co-head of the science division at Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, checks marijuana buds to be used in the company's food products.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Chef Lexi Yurkovsky makes marijuana-infused chocolate truffles in the kitchen of Dixie Elixirs and Edibles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A batch of marijuana-infused chocolate truffles is covered with plastic wrap in the kitchen of Dixie Elixirs and Edibles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Christie Lunsford, marketing director for Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, surveys the company's warehouse full of marijuana-infused products. Like other pot-related enterprises in Colorado, the company is expecting business to burgeon now that state voters have legalized recreational use of the drug.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Wanda James displays some of her marijuana-infused products for "Simply Pure," the company and her husband started in 2010. They claim it's the first cannabis edibles company specializing in a healthy alternative to what is currently available.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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DENVER — Two hedge-fund partners — monogrammed shirts, taut Windsor knots, cuff links — step into a hipster cafe called Sputnik on an unorthodox mission.

They are meeting a business consultant to discuss a way to boost share prices at one of their portfolio companies, which sells indoor garden kits for tomatoes, herbs, flowers and salad greens. Their idea is to tap into a new market, one they need to be discreet about for fear of blemishing the publicly traded company’s reputation:

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3 Comments

  1. January 26, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Initially, I found it hard to care much about the grassroots movement to legalize pot – the right to get high with impunity seemed like a very trivial concern given the other issues facing the nation. But when one sees how the 'war on drugs' generates far bigger consequences than mere buzz suppression – from racist incarceration outcomes, to prison lobbies writing our laws, to the mass disenfranchisement of the felons convicted of marijuana possession, whose conviction prevents them from being allowed to vote – then the move toward decriminalization by these two states seems urgently needed, and a model for others."http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/11/obama-war-on-weed-american-voters

    By: ezekiel2517
  2. January 28, 2013, 2:19 am

    "Marijuana/Marihuana" is a racist slang word used to trick Congress into making Cannabis Hemp illegal in the first place.
    It's about time you got off the racist bandwagon, stopped using this racist slang word and call the plant by it's actual name. Cannabis Hemp.

    By: Meeman
  3. January 30, 2013, 7:42 am

    And how closed minded and (possibly) racist of you to continue to use that argument.

    If nothing more has come out of prohibition, it is the fact now that there are distinct strains of cannabis that get you high and those that do not. The ones that do are now called Marijuana. Those that do not are now Hemp. But both are still Cannabis.

    Now what I have a problem with is the continued use of the term "Medical Marijuana." opposed to "Medical Cannabis". We now have high CBD Hemp like strains that have excellent medicinal qualities.

    So many are under the misconception that the medicinal qualities are related to THC. How much wronger can the be. A point proven by the the failure of "Marinol" to take the place of the natural product.

    By: Jim Black

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