World's First Legal Marijuana Sales Begin
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World's First Legal Marijuana Sales Begin
Posted by CN Staff on January 02, 2014 at 05:53:29 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- In a historic swirl of commerce and cannabis, the world's first stores licensed to sell marijuana legally to anyone 21 or older opened in Colorado on Wednesday. From Telluride to Denver, thousands of people cheerfully stood in lines for hours to buy legal marijuana after presenting nothing more than identification. Marijuana activists hailed the day as a watershed in their effort to overturn anti-cannabis laws.
Store owners  several of whom said the turnout exceeded even their own ambitious expectations  feared running out of supply.Police reported no problems with the crowds, and government officials marveled at the calm.Overall, the day went as marijuana activists had hoped it would: In the most extraordinary way possible, it was ordinary."I've been waiting 34 years for this moment," enthused Chrissy Robinson, who arrived at one store, Evergreen Apothecary in Denver, at 2 a.m. to be among the first in line. "I've been smoking since I was 14. No more sneaking around." At least 37 stores across the state were fully licensed and opened to sell marijuana to anyone 21 or over for any purpose, according to official lists and Denver Post research. Sales could commence at 8 a.m., and activists  who campaigned for the marijuana-legalization measure whose passage in November 2012 made the sales possible  arranged a ceremonial "first purchase" at the Denver store 3D Cannabis Center.The store used to be called "Denver's Discreet Dispensary," so the name change speaks to the rapid evolution of Colorado's marijuana industry, which began in earnest only about four years ago. 3D Cannabis Center owner Toni Fox watched the clock carefully as the hour approached and dozens of reporters and photographers crowded into one of her store's tiny purchasing areas."It's 8 a.m.," she said. "I'm going to do it."The first customer was 32-year-old Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran who campaigned for marijuana legalization and said he uses cannabis to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Under a canopy of cameras, Azzariti bought an eighth of an ounce of the marijuana strain Bubba Kush and a package of marijuana-infused candy truffles."We did it!" a beaming Azzariti said at the end of the purchase.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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