Tim Cullen, owner of Colorado Harvest Company, recalls his grandfather lamenting about the difficulty of running a business. Today, Tim wrestles with similar challenges.

Colorado Harvest opened as a wholesale operation in 2009. The arrival of House Bill 1284 in 2010 – which required vertical integration of cannabis retail and production facilities – set things in motion for Colorado Harvest to enter the retail world.

After receiving two of the first recreational retail licenses issued in Denver, Colorado Harvest opened its doors to 1,500 people that first day in early 2014. With three locations and 80 employees now, Tim sees his situation through the same lens as any retail business owner.

“If you took cannabis out of the equation, it comes down to things that are applicable to anybody who runs a retail store. It is about providing a good experience with great product that is price competitive.”