Colorado retail shops, growers to start selling recreational marijuana, pot-laced food

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Denver, CO, United States (4E) – An initial 34 businesses in Denver will start selling marijuana and cannabis-laced food on Wednesday after getting licenses from the city.

Fourteen of the businesses are retail shops, 17 are growers of the plant and three are makers of pot brownies and other products containing marijuana. The city’s Department of Excise and Licenses issued the permits to the said businesses on Friday as legalized marijuana sale takes effect on New Year’s Day.

Denver is one of 19 municipalities and seven counties in Colorado that will allow retail sales of recreational pot. The 34 licensed Denver businesses are existing medical marijuana sellers allowed to transition to recreational marijuana sellers, according to Amber Miller, spokeswoman for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Recreational pot for adults over 21 has been legal in Colorado for more than a year.

The licensing process included public hearings to ask neighbors about shop locations. Sellers are required to post red posters and issue fliers instructing customers not to consume pot in public, drive high, or take pot out of state.

Washington state is the only other state to allow recreational pot use by adults and plans to have stores selling the weed by late spring next year. Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 states and in the District of Columbia.

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