DENVER — Normally, when a company based in one state wants to sell products in another state, it starts calling truckers. For Strainz, a Las Vegas marijuana company, it was more complicated.

By early 2015, Strainz’s owners knew they wanted to expand to Colorado and Washington, the states with the most normalized marijuana markets.

Despite state laws that allow the sale of marijuana, it remains a federal criminal offense to ship it across state lines. And as Nevada residents, the husband-and-wife co-founders weren’t eligible to apply for business licenses in either state.

The Hempel family’s strategy for Strainz is one that marijuana companies are pursuing to build a national presence.

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Alex Halperin ~ Washington Post ~

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