The new year got a little happier for pot smokers in Colorado on Wednesday when retail marijuana outlets began selling marijuana for recreational use.
“Marijuana does not have to be a burden to our communities,” said Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. “Today in Colorado we shift marijuana from the underground into a regulated market.”
The first sale, orchestrated as a media photo opportunity, was made to Sean Azzariti, an Iraq War veteran who has publicly lobbied for legalization and says pot helps mitigate problems stemming from his post-traumatic stress disorder. Azzariti spent about $60 at 3D Cannabis Center for an eighth of an ounce of “Bubba Kush” and a pot-laden truffle.
“Thanks so much,” he said to the cashier.