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Colorado gearing up to sell legalized recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, 2014

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According to CNN on Dec. 31, Colorado is the first state in the nation to sell recreational marijuana starting Jan. 1 to anyone age 21 and over with the proper identification.

Colorado will have open recreational pot stores and become the first place in the world where marijuana will be regulated from seed to sale.

Colorado had 55% of its voters to say yes to legalizing recreational marijuana.

Colorado residents can buy an ounce of marijuana while those out of state can purchase a quarter ounce. Buyers can share their ounce with a friend as long as no money is exchanged. An ounce will cost about $200 or more. Non-Colorado residents can buy only a quarter ounce.

After alcohol and tobacco, according to the marijuana reform group NORML, pot is the third most popular recreational drug in America.

Even though recreational marijuana will be legalized, it still will be a closely watched landmark law that is now in the Colorado constitution. Washington state also voted yes to have legalized recreational marijuana; however, Washington won't open its marijuana retail outlets until later in 2014.

There are quite a few taxes involved with the sale of recreational marijuana that are not there with medical marijuana. Medicinal weed in Colorado still requires a physician's recommendation. Dispensaries will be separate outlets from the recreational pot retailers.

Because only a few stores have passed the lengthy licensing process so far, there are concerns that supplies will be sold out on the first day. About 160 retailers statewide have not been issued licenses yet.

Even though recreational marijuana is legalize, people won't be able to smoke it in public. They can't even smoke in the pot shop where they bought it, or other establishments governed by the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. People can, however, smoke in private establishments with the owner's permission.

Some communities and counties in Colorado can still choose not to allow recreational marijuana stores in their local jurisdictions.

Smoking will not be allowed in airports or ski resorts or places with family gatherings.

Residents are allowed to grow up to six plants in their houses, but the pot patch must be enclosed and locked.

While Jan. 1 is the actual date people in Colorado can begin purchasing recreational marijuana, it will take some time for them to get accustomed to some of the specifics such as taxes, federal laws, driving while smoking, places to smoke, etc.

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