World's First Legal Marijuana Sales To Begin
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World's First Legal Marijuana Sales To Begin
Posted by CN Staff on January 01, 2014 at 07:04:16 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- Colorado's ambitious experiment in cannabis policy reaches a historic milestone Wednesday, when licensed stores begin making the first legal sales of recreational marijuana anywhere in the world.There will be at least 37 stores across the state fully licensed and open to sell marijuana to anyone 21 or over for any purpose, according to official lists and Denver Post research. Sales can begin at 8 a.m., and activists  who passed the marijuana-legalization measure in November 2012 that made the sales possible  plan a ceremonial "first purchase" at the stroke of 8 at the Denver store 3D Cannabis. The customer will be Sean Azzariti, an Iraq War veteran from Denver who was featured in pro-legalization campaign ads in which he said he hoped to use marijuana to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder.
One of the first in line at the shop, Brandon Harris from Ohio, said he drove 20 hours straight to be here and isn't going home. "We're going to become residents," he said.By a 3-to-1 margin, journalists inside 3D Cannabis outnumbered customers waiting outside before the shop opened."Today in Colorado, we shift marijuana from the underground market to the regulated market," said marijuana advocate Betty Aldworth.About two dozen people waited outside Evergreen Apothecary on South Broadway in Denver early Wednesday, warmed by the flame of a propane heater.Curtis Durham, 24, of Chandler, Texas got to LoDo Wellness in Denver at 5:45 a.m. He said he's looking forward to "buying a legal bag."In Texas, he said, "I've been to jail two or three times just for simple marijuana possession of less than a gram. I went to jail for having a pipe." Durham says he is looking forward to avoiding drug dealers . "I'm going to go to as many stores as I can," he said.While some stores planned to wait until 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to open as usual, many said they expected big crowds  even overnight campers  and long lines, as cannabis enthusiasts vie to be among the first people in United States history to purchase legal marijuana without a medical authorization.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: January 1, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on January 01, 2014 at 10:34:16 PT
So true, The GCW.
Brandon Harris... Good job! I hope Colorado is good for you.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on January 01, 2014 at 08:15:18 PT
Backwards thinking.
"Colorado's ambitious experiment in cannabis policy"-0-The original prohibition with alcohol was known as the "Grand Experiment."The sequel, cannabis prohibition, was the experiment. Not ending cannabis prohibition. The experiments proved to be disasters. 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on January 01, 2014 at 07:42:28 PT
Americans are through with cannabis prohibition.
"One of the first in line at the shop, Brandon Harris from Ohio, said he drove 20 hours straight to be here and isn't going home."We're going to become residents," he said."-0-There are millions of Americans sick and tired of mean people and discriminatory laws which punish and cage a human being for using this God-given plant.Caging humans for using cannabis is just plain ignorant. IGNORANT!I suspect there are a lot of people considering what Brandon Harris is doing.
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