Marijuana

Veteran-Owned Cannabis Companies That Call Colorado Home

Simply Pure's owners are both veterans of the military and legal cannabis.
Simply Pure's owners are both veterans of the military and legal cannabis. Scott Lentz
Military veterans have been making waves in Colorado's cannabis industry, with veteran-founded businesses encompassing everything from dispensaries to edibles to industrial hemp. With Veterans Day coming up on Monday, November 11, here are eight Colorado cannabis businesses that were founded by veterans.

The Green Solution
One of Colorado’s largest dispensary chains was founded by brothers Kyle and Eric Speidell; Eric is a former Marine. The company has made headlines recently, as Canadian cannabis corporation Columbia Care agreed to buy The Green Solution. However, the Spiedell family still owns the chain until the deal officially goes through in 2020, and will be staying on as executives for the foreseeable future.

Iron Protection Group
This cannabis security company was founded by Marine combat veteran Hunter Garth, and has employed 350 veterans since 2013, according to him. The company’s security services include cash transport to and from licensed cannabis cultivators, shops and processing facilities, as well as providing security services to non-cannabis businesses such as hotels and apartment buildings. Colorado isn’t the only state the company works in; it also provides services in California.

Simply Pure
Simply Pure,a dispensary and new CBD brand, was founded by husband-wife duo Scott Durrah and Wanda James, both of whom are military veterans. James, the first African-American woman to own a marijuana dispensary in Colorado and a former lieutenant in the Navy, has also worked in politics, advising former president Barrack Obama and current Colorado Governor Jared Polis on various matters. Durrah, a Marine veteran, is known for his weed-infused cooking, which garnered him a first-place spot on Viceland's cannabis cooking show, Bong Appétit.
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