Accidental entrepreneurs find skills in high demand as pot grows up

For people with traditional business backgrounds, the path to cannabis industry isn’t always straight

RIDGWAY — Eric Jacobson scoops up a handful of rich soil. The largest organic marijuana grow on the Western Slope soon will take root in this dirt.

“Perfect sandy loam,” he says, kicking through snow a few yards from the gurgling Uncompahgre River. “You don’t dare build homes on this. There’s a higher and better use for this land than 3-acre ranchettes.”

If you told Jacobson a decade ago that he’d be emerging as one of Colorado’s top…

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