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Seven Colorado Cannabis Companies That Have Grown Across State Lines

Starbuds started in Denver and has expanded into Jamaica.
Starbuds started in Denver and has expanded into Jamaica. Scott Lentz
As the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, Colorado has earned its reputation as the United States' unofficial cannabis state.

While other states have passed laws legalizing cannabis since Colorado led the way with the passage of Amendment 64 in November 2012 — recreational cannabis is now legal in eleven states and Washington, D.C. —Colorado continues to be a trendsetter. And one of those trends involves Colorado-born businesses now moving into other states.

Here are seven Colorado dispensaries native to the state that have grown their business to other states and even one foreign country.

Starbuds
Shortly after recreational cannabis sales began in January 2014 in Colorado, dispensary chain Starbuds opened its first location in the state. Today there are thirteen Starbuds locations in Colorado, and the chain has eight medical dispensaries beyond this state, including one in Oklahoma, one in Baltimore and one in Kingston, Jamaica.


Euflora
Calling itself "The Apple Store of Cannabis," Euflora opened its first boutique recreational dispensary in Colorado in 2014. Euflora now operates five locations in Colorado and has expanded into Apple's home state of California, with one dispensary in Long Beach. 

Good Chemistry
Good Chemistry got its start in Colorado in 2010 as a medical marijuana company, and in 2014 began selling recreational products. Currently, Good Chemistry has four medical and recreational dispensaries in metro Denver and one in Worcester, Massachusetts, where CEO Matt Huron has family roots. The company also plans to expand into Nevada, and already has licenses for medical and recreation cannabis cultivations there.
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Clara Geoghegan is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, where she majored in anthropology with an emphasis on public health. She worked at Radio 1190’s News Underground and freelanced for Denverite. She is now the cannabis intern at Westword.
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