In this photo taken Nov. 28, 2017, Brad Eckenweiler, chief executive of Lifestyle Delivery Systems, poses for a photo while holding a bottle of "resin," a powerful marijuana concentrate in Adelanto, Calif. (AP Photo/Mike Blood)
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Some fear corporate-level businesses will eventually doom mom-and-pop growers and sellers, much as Big Tobacco dominated its market.For now, the shape of California's new market remains largely unknown.Last week, California issued its first commercial licenses, and they show others intend to get a foothold in various sectors of the market, picking off multiple permits for transportation, manufacturing and retailing.To Eckenweiler, size is strength.While manufacturers buying pot on the open market will have to contend with inevitable price swings, growing in-house will buffer the company from those ups and downs, he said.Hultstrom watches over a fraction of that -- 195 square meters of pot plants.He's confident in his ability to produce top-shelf cannabis, and he knows his market: He's been in the business in various jobs since 2005 .Increasing costs could present a barrier to entering the legal market, Hultstrom said, or force smaller growers to take on new investors.
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