When the state of Colorado legalized marijuana last year, Meg Sanders, a suburban mother of two, left her dead end corporate job to open a chain of marijuana stores. Her cannabis company, Mindful, sells medicinal and recreational pot. And according to Bill Whitaker of 60 Minutes, Sanders is driven to push marijuana into the mainstream.
Mindful harvests plants year round in a 44,000 sq. ft. factory right across the street from a police department. There, 60 employees–including Sanders’ 23-year-old son Alijah–trim and package up to 500 lbs. of marijuana every month. During a tour of the factory, Whitaker is surprised by the cutting edge technology used in the factory. “This isn’t somebody’s backyard or a stoner’s basement, it’s a big business,” he said. Sanders prefers, “Industrial agriculture.”