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5 Things You Need to Know Before Opening a Dispensary

Running a successful dispensary has its own unique challenges. You need to be compliant and profitable -- and in that order.

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This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When Colorado first legalized recreational marijuana, in 2014, a smattering of pot shops popped up. What a difference five years make. There are more dispensaries in Denver than Starbucks, McDonald’s, and 7-Eleven stores combined, and statewide the number exceeds 500. But while many dispensaries are thriving, a good handful are generating revenues far below the industry average. Why? This business presents unique challenges to entrepreneurs that you might never expect. Before diving in, a few things to know:

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