Aurora Business

In this Sept. 22, 2016 photo, Denver marijuana consultant Kayvan Khalatbhari, left, chats with a lobbyist Joe Megysy at a fundraiser for marijuana policy reform in Denver. Business owners are replacing idealists in the pot-legalization movement as the nascent marijuana industry creates a donor base of entrepreneurs willing to spend to change drug policy. (AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt)

The donors offer a wider foundation of support for the marijuana-related measures on the ballot next month in nine states. The campaigns are still largely funded by national advocacy organizations such as the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project and the New Approach PAC. But those groups are less reliant on billionaire activists.