Denver, CO, United States (4E) – Customer queues were long when recreational marijuana stores in Colorado opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the start of the state’s legalized retail sale of the weed and pot-laced edibles.
A total 37 stores licensed to sell recreational cannabis to anyone 21 or older got brisk sales from locals and non-residents, who waited for hours on the line before they could purchase. Up to one ounce of hemp were sold to each in-state customer after presenting ID to prove age, as what the law requires. Out-of-staters can only buy up to a quarter of an ounce.
Police were present to contain any untoward incident, which did not happen. Investigators from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division checked stores to ensure compliance with the law.
City officials also observed and were amazed at the calm and happy customers, who included an Iraqi war veteran who wanted to relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder with marijuana and marijuana-infused candy truffles.
Reporters interviewed store owners, customers and pro-marijuana activists.
Not happy with the event were opponents of legalized marijuana retail, particularly drug-treatment professionals. They warned that recreational sales will lead to increases in marijuana addiction among adults and kids just as what tobacco and liquor sales did.
It will not be for long for Colorado to be the only place in the world where sales of marijuana is legal and regulated. Washington state will do the same later this year.