Source: Marketwatch By Charles Passy December 2, 2014 6:01 AM

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Marijuana: Beyond the weed

The marijuana business is about far more than the plant itself. Consider the agricultural tools and supplies that go hand-in-hand with growing one of the world’s most valuable crops. And the online and print listings that direct cannabis customers to the nearest dispensaries. And even the employment agencies that help staff those dispensaries. In short, it’s a multibillion-dollar industry with many parts. At the recent Indo Expo, a marijuana trade show held in Denver, we found some of the companies and organizations, large and small, that are making their mark on this ever-expanding industry.

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Vapor Connoisseur

Cannabis consumers are increasingly looking to hand-held vaporizers (or “vape pens”) as an alternative to traditional joints or pipes. The devices work by heating a marijuana concentrate — like an oil — until it vaporizes; users like the fact the pens are portable and easy to operate. (But they are not without controversy, either: To quote a recent “Mother Jones” story: “Perhaps the biggest emerging concern…is how they may enable minors to abuse pot.”) Vapor Connoisseur, a two-year-old Miami-based company, has been capitalizing on the growing interest in vape pens (and other vaporizer products); their items range in price from $25 to $300 and include everything from a feminine-themed Lady Vape to a multi-piece Viper Vaporizer kit that offers optimum temperature control. “We have something for everybody,” said managing partner Edward Wong.

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Where’s Weed?

Where’s weed? It’s not just a question, it’s the name of an app and website that connects cannabis customers to dispensaries and other marijuana-related businesses (including delivery services — they’re legal in some places). The three-year-old Denver-based company, which has been described by Fortune magazine as the “Yelp of pot,” also lets dispensaries update their menu of offerings. Like most directories, Where’s Weed? earns its keep by charging companies that want to be on its platform: Fee start at $30 a month. At least 3,000 businesses have signed up-to-date, but co-founder Tyler Bartholomew hopes to attract even more. At the Denver trade show, Bartholomew was luring would-be clients to his booth by giving out free chip clips. “We call them munchie clips…They’re the perfect thing for this expo,” he said.

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Hemp I Scream!

Not all marijuana products are for smoking. Think about items made from hemp — strains of cannabis that “have been bred specifically for fiber used for clothing and construction, oils and topical ointments, nutritional benefits and a wide and growing variety of other purposes,” according to AlterNet. Hemp entrepreneur Agua Das believes he’s found the perfect other purpose — namely, ice cream made from hemp oil. His Colorado-based company sells its Hemp I Scream! at natural foods and other stores. Das boasts that it’s not only delicious — it’s also nutritious. “It’s a rich source of omega” oil, he says.

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Rocky Mountain Seed Bank

You can’t grow marijuana without starter plants or seeds (and it’s now legal for Coloradoans to grow at home). Enter a company like the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Seed Bank , which bills itself as “purveyors of rare and heirloom” cannabis. “Right now, we have a few different hundred strains,” says company owner Brent C. (he wouldn’t provide a full last name) of the product lineup. Seed packs (typically with 5-10 seeds) retail from around $40 to $90. One of the company’s most popular products: a strain called Pineapple Fields that’s apparently both very smelly and very potent.

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The Trim Caddy

If you’re cultivating marijuana — at home or in a grow house operation — you’re trimming away, so that you can separate the wheat (or in this case, the buds) from the chaff. The Trim Caddy is one of many products on the market that aim to assist with the process, giving trimmers a “workspace” that suits their needs. “This was designed by a trimmer so he refined it to what was comfortable and most efficient,” says John Hanses, sales manager for Earth at Heart, the California company that’s behind the reusable and recyclable product. The Trim Caddy’s big selling point? The price — it retails for around $5 to $6. (Other trim trays can be much more expensive.)

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