In Pictures: High tech for high times. What it takes to run a medical marijuana business

In some ways, getting into the legal marijuana industry is a lot like launching any small business. You need capital. You need grow lights. You need Febreze. And you need technology -- which turns out to be the easy part.

Change is in the air. Within a few years, roughly half of U.S. states will allow legal cultivation and sale of marijuana for medical purposes, with a handful legalizing it for any adult use. Not surprisingly, many refugees from the tech industry are migrating from silicon to sativa. In part, that's because marijuana cultivation is a high tech business (no pun intended). You need hardware to both cultivate the product and sell it at retail. You need software that allows you to track the goods from seeds to sale and stay in compliance with strict state regulations. You need investors and strong entrepreneurial skills. You need Febreze.

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