This past Wednesday marked the marijuana industry’s first day of complete legalization, including unregulated production and the ability to purchase pot without a doctor’s note.
24 shops were open for business across Colorado, with most located in Denver. Despite the chilly winter and daunting lines, pot shop owners across the state claim to have collectively made more than $1 million — a record number.
“It’s a huge deal for me,” Andre Barr, a 34-year-old deliveryman who drove from Niles, Michigan, told 9News. “This wait is nothing.”
While day one of the legal experiment went smoothly, minus a few reports of patrons cited for smoking pot in public, critics remained wary of the days ahead. A doctor from Denver Health warned the local news station that addiction numbers have risen since Colorado approved medical marijuana and that the drug could do serious damage to youths who are still developing.
Note, while Colorado residents must be 21 or older to buy pot, if underage drinking is any indication, the case may be similar for marijuana.
Both supporters and critics wait to see how the next few days unfold as hundreds of applications for pot growers and retailers pend for review.