Denver businessman Kayvan Khalatbari operates a real estate holding company, consulting firm, several pizzerias and the second-oldest medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado.

“I moved here from my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, a decade ago and I’ve had the fortune of having a front row seat in the evolution of the cannabis industry,” said Khalatbari, who co-founded Denver Relief in 2009. “Unfortunately, I’ve also had the misfortune of being caught in the middle between state and federal laws, banking laws, tax laws and insurance laws that can’t seem to get on the same page.”

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