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Colorado marijuana shortage: Demand for legal weed causes pot shop shortage

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Employees help customers at the crowded sales counter inside the Medicine Man marijuana retail store in Denver.

Smoke em while you got em.

Considering the frenzied attention that the state of Colorado has been getting after legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, it really comes as no surprise that local pot dispensaries are running short of their weed supplies.

The Raw Story wrote on Sunday that it’s only a matter of days before pot shops start to run dry.

“We are going to run out,” says Toni Fox, owner of the 3D Cannabis Center in Denver. “It’s insane. This weekend will be just as crazy. If there is a mad rush, we’ll be out by Monday.”

Fox said she thought they had enough marijuana to last until the end of next month, but

Cannabis-seekers have been coming from near and far. Weed sales in Colorado have absolutely exploded, with the state reporting over $1 million in sales on the first day alone, and have averaged close to a million a day since.

Pot shop owners said enormous amounts of people turned out to purchase recreational marijuana on New Year’s Day and every day since. Thousands have braved brutal winds and cold to stand in line at pot dispensaries, awaiting their share of the now-legal drug.

This despite the fact a satirical web site put out an article claiming close to 40 people died in Colorado from a marijuana overdose on New Year’s Day – an article that went absolutely viral, despite the fact it was 100 percent gobbledygook:

Marijuana overdose? Web site tracks alcohol and weed deaths: You'll be surprised

Approximately 20 to 25 stores are selling weed in Colorado, with most of the dispensaries centered in Denver. More are expected to open however as the demand increases.

To see an interactive map of Colorado's licensed recreational marijuana outlets, click here.

Fox says marijuana store owners will all be scrambling to find wholesale distributors, growers, trimmers and “budders,” and also sees sellers moving into marijuana-infused products like edibles and beverages.

"It's awesome,” Fox said. "I wish more stores could have opened."

Prices have been on par with what one could expect to pay on the "street" - about $50 bucks for an eighth of an ounce, with better strains selling for $75 to $100.