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.

A lot of green If you mean to go green, you'll need a stash of cash. Kayvan Khalatbari and Ean Seeb of Colorado's Denver Relief dispensary started as a delivery service between growers and patients with just $4,000 and a half pound of cannabis. But setting up their 13,000-square-foot grow facility cost $450,000, plus another $125,000 to build out the retail store and $5,000 a month in electrical bills, says Khalatbari. Other dispensaries we contacted say start-up costs range from $150,000 to $1 million or more, depending on the size and location of the operation. Thinking of applying for a bank loan? Fahgeddaboutit. Most dispensaries rely on friends, family, and self funding to get off the ground.

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