Recreational Marijuana Stores Slow To Open, Driving Up Prices

COLORADO:  Six weeks after recreational marijuana sales started in Colorado, most would-be retailers still haven’t been licensed to sell it. As a result, the price of recreational pot has skyrocketed as shops jump through bureaucratic hoops to open their doors.

On a recent afternoon, outside LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, most customers leave the shop with smiles on their faces and a small bag of marijuana in their hands.

But customers like Justin Riddle have a different perspective.

“I didn’t buy anything, because it’s too expensive,” Riddle says. “That’s ridiculous, I can just go to my dealer right down the road and (expletive) get it, $10 a gram.”


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