Colorado’s first day to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use is Jan. 1, 2014. The shops selling marijuana are gearing up for opening day, as one store owner put it, “We expect anywhere from five to 5,000,” when it comes to the first day the doors open, according to Fox News live on Dec. 31.
The store owners simply don’t know what to expect now that it is legal and extremely accessible to any adult who wants to purchase the substance. According to Time Magazine on Dec. 31, the law doesn’t just contain to Colorado residents as visitors to the state are allowed to possess up to an ounce of pot, just like the residents. Visitors or tourists are not allowed to take the pot out of state.
Tourists might be hard-pressed to find a place to light up if they are just driving through the state. The law stipulates that pot cannot be consumed “openly and publicly.” One man, who appeared to be about 50-years-old told Fox News that he has a lot of friends that will buy marijuana on Jan. 1.
The unnamed man said his friends want to be able to say they purchased pot on the first day it was legal to do so anywhere in the U.S. for recreational use. Not every town and city in Colorado will have a marijuana store, but there’s plenty in Denver. The pot stores are listed on a Google Map for the folks in Colorado to find the nearest pot-selling store, which you can see with link above.
If you are planning to buy marijuana in Colorado, it is a cash-only deal, much like it was when purchasing the weed from dealers. In the future you may be able to use debit and credit cards as activists are trying to reform the bank rules that don’t give the pot business the option of swiping the cards.
The cops plan to be pro-active on Jan. 1, but they are not looking to bust any pot smokers. They will be keeping an eye on the pot-store shoppers who will most likely be waiting in long lines. Since that is a lot of cash in one place, law enforcement plan to keep an eye out.
Here is a list of the marijuana shops ready to open on Jan. 1, 2014:
Breckenridge: Breckenridge Cannabis Club, 226 S. Main St.
Center City: The Annie’s, 135 Nevada St.
Central City: Green Grass Alternative Medicine, 440 Lawrence St.
Denver: 3D Cannabis Center, 4305 Brighton Blvd.
Denver: CitiMed, 1640 E. Evans Ave.
Denver: Dank Colorado, 3835 Elm St.
Denver: Denver Kush Club, 2615 Welton St.
Denver: Evergreen Apothecary, 1568 S. Broadway
Denver: The Green Solution, 2601 W. Alameda Ave.
Denver: The Green Solution, 4400 Grape St.
Denver: The Grove, 74 Federal Blvd.
Denver: The Haven, 777 Canosa Court.
Denver: The Healing House Denver, 2383 Downing St.
Denver: Kindman, 4125 Elati St.
Denver: LoDo Wellness, 1617 Wazee St.
Denver: Medicine Man Denver, 4750 Nome St.
Denver: The Shelter, 4095 Jackson St.
Edgewater: Northern Lights Cannabis Company, 2045 Sheridan Blvd.
Edgewater: Patient’s Choice of Colorado/Bud Med Health Centers, 2517 Sheridan Blvd.
Idaho Springs: The Kine Mine, 2820 Colorado Blvd.
Northglenn: BotanaCare, 11450 Cherokee St.
Pueblo West: Marisol Therapeutics, 922 Kimble Dr.
Telluride: Alpine Wellness, 300 W. Colorado Ave.
Telluride: Telluride Green Room, 250 S. Fir St.
From the look of this list, Denver is pretty well covered when it comes to marijuana shops. This is the initial list of shops that have approval to open on Jan. 1, on both state and local levels or those shops who expect to have their approval by Jan. 1., according to the website Cannibas.