A Milestone For Marijuana Maniacs! The First Legal Sale Of Pot Happened In Colorado
On the first day of 2014, thousands of Coloradans lined up to buy their first legal stash of pot. Yup, you heard right!
It was not only the first time smokers could purchase weed legally in America, it was the first time anyone in the modern world could purchase recreational marijuana without legal ramifications, The Denver Post reports. It should be noted that the Denver Post has an editor and a blog dedicated to marijuana. So this is serious business.
Throughout Colorado, 37 licensed marijuana dispensaries opened up for business on Wednesday. Meanwhile, residents only needed to present a valid ID — proving that they are 21 or older — to buy legal pot. It’s milestone for cannibis enthusiasts around the nation who have been protesting anti-marijuana laws for decades.
“I’ve been waiting 34 years for this moment,” said Chrissy Robinson, a customer at Denver’s Evergreen Apothecary who admitted she’s been smoking since the age of 14.
Sean Azzariti, 32, is an Iraqi War veteran who long campaigned for the legalization of marijuana as a treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder. “We did it!” he shouted with a smile on his face. It cost him $59.74, including $10.46 in tax — the receipt read “Thank you for your purchase!”
“Things have really been going well,” said Ashley Kilroy, an executive director of Denver’s marijuana policy, at a news conference in City Hall. “We really haven’t seen a negative impact,” she continued.
Kilroy was responding to concerns that marijuana buyers will ignore city policies that forbid pot users from lighting it up in public places. “We haven’t seen any of that,” she said.
While 66 percent of voters were in favor of retail marijuana sales, Kilroy says she won’t neglect the minority who are concerned about their livelihood in the city. “Denver officials see it as their duty to ensure the orderly transformation of a new reality: pot is now legal,” The Denver Post adds.
Much thanks to the voter-approved Amendment 64, Colorado residents were allowed to possess and smoke pot for any reason since December 10 in 2012. But retail sales of marijuana was prohibited until New Year’s Day of 2014.
Now, marijuana enthusiasts need not tip-toe around the law to enjoy a bit of Mary Jane. Cue the “I’m moving to Colorado!” declarations.