Marijuana businesses: meet the respectable leaders of the pot-com boom

Marijuana was once the drug of choice for hazy-eyed potheads with no ambition and a loose grasp of new-age philosophy. But step aside, stoners. Since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC, weed has become associated with up-and-coming entrepreneurs with networking charm and business nous.

Establishment figures are turning to marijuana as inspiration for the next big entrepreneurial idea. Or ganjapreneurial idea, if you will. The United States is now home to the Martha Stewart of weed, a women’s cannabis networking group, and Uber for weed. Meanwhile, the former chief of homeland security for New York is currently in charge of protecting marijuana shipments. Meet the very respectable leaders of America’s weed revolution.

The former NY homeland security chief

Michael Balboni, who previously worked as NY’s homeland security official, has been hired to guard the safety of marijuana shipments, according to NY Daily...

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