Colorado cannabis businesses that aren’t exactly cannabis businesses are growing

Colorado’s green gold rush has its version of pickaxes and denim: businesses that support and service the cannabis industry but don’t get their fingers sticky touching actual marijuana.

Colorado has become a hub for companies that want a piece of the lucrative marijuana market while remaining on the legal side of the green line. Those pot-related businesses run the gamut from specialized services for cleaning marijuana laboratories to dispensary security guards to packaging designers and manufacturers.

Forty-one of the top 150 marijuana ancillary businesses in the U.S. called Colorado home in 2017, according to Cannabis Business Executive, an industry trade publication. That was more than any other state. California was second with 35.

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