Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Stores Make History

COLORADO:  Those craving a quick high can now stroll into a Colorado shop and buy marijuana for recreational use, legally.

The state made history Wednesday as the first one nationwide to allow special stores to sell marijuana for recreational purposes to anyone 21 and older.

As the rest of the nation ushered in the New Year, Colorado had another reason to celebrate: the so-called Green Wednesday.

“Prohibition is over,” blared a flier for New Year’s Eve festivities at Casselman’s Bar in Denver. “Celebrate Cannabis freedom in style.”

Stores stocked shelves with plant buds and rolled joints in preparation for Wednesday.

As many as 30 stores throughout Colorado will start selling recreational weed Wednesday. But it’s uncertain how many will open on the holiday, according to marijuana advocates and state officials.

Of the estimated 30 stores, 18 are in Denver, and several were expected to be open for business at the earliest allowed time, 8 a.m. MT. One Denver shop has a news conference scheduled for the occasion.

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