In Pictures: High tech for high times. What it takes to run a medical marijuana business

In some ways, getting into the legal marijuana industry is a lot like launching any small business. You need capital. You need grow lights. You need Febreze. And you need technology -- which turns out to be the easy part.

Kickass security Banks typically won't process credit transactions for dispensaries, so most are a cash-only business. That means your store may need the same level of security as your average casino. Denver Relief's 1,000-square-foot storefront features 16 IP-based cameras connected to a DVR, bullet-resistant windows, steel doors, alarms, and a Kevlar-lined wall between the lobby and the back office. By law, dispensaries in Colorado are also required to have a sturdy 1000-pound safe like the $4,000 American Security model pictured here (but skip the guns, or you'll violate federal laws). The good news: Insurance is relatively easy to come by, so you can lose your stash and your cash and still stay in business.

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