Cannabis Legalization Inspires Entrepreneurs to Enter Industry

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 29:  Owners Deloise Vaden, left, and Elyse Gordon in the kitchen of their  business Better Baked, where they produce marijuana edibles in Denver on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.  The business makes edibles for medical and recreational marijuana use.  They were holding colorful crystal dice edibles for recreation use. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post)
Owners Deloise Vaden, left, and Elyse Gordon in the kitchen of their business Better Baked, (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post)

The Denver Post explores a topic that continues to dog the cannabis industry: The lack of trust and respect between those who have been in the industry since before legalization and those who are entering it now.  The article profiles several newcomers who do seem to appreciate that the most successful businesses will draw from both groups.

  • Eric Jacobson, a hydroelectric power plant developer who is building a 40-acre organic herb farm where tenants like ACME Healing Centers will grow cannabis
  • Meg Sanders, CEO of Mindful, a chain of dispensaries in Colorado with one set to open in Illinois as well
  • Deloise Vaden and Elyse Gordon, who have run Better Baked since 2009
  • Heidi Keyes, who runs Puff, Pass and Paint and is looking to expand to Seattle and Portland from Denver

I truly don’t think this industry will turn into the best it can be without the two cultures learning how to honor each other. I wish I could figure out a way to create more of a coalition between the activism side and the business side.


Meg Sanders, CEO of Mindful

Maybe 2016 will be the year when everyone can appreciate what the veterans and the newcomers bring to the cannabis industry.

Read Jason Blevins’ “Accidental entrepreneurs find skills in high demand as pot grows up”:

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