Recreational marijuana sales have officially begun

Posted on: 5:44 pm, December 31, 2013, by and , updated on: 01:24pm, January 1, 2014

A representative stands outside one of Denver's new recreational marijuana shops before its grand opening at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. (Photo: Twitter / Chris Jose)

A representative stands outside one of Denver’s new recreational marijuana shops before its grand opening at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. (Photo: Twitter / Chris Jose)

DENVER — The New Year brings with it legal recreational marijuana in Colorado.

Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, if you’re 21 or older, you can buy up to an ounce of pot at a licensed store, as long as you have a Colorado ID.

The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses released the amount of retail marijuana businesses that have completed the city licensing process and are able to open on Jan. 1, 2014.

The licensed businesses include 18 retail marijuana stores, 27 retail marijuana grows and five retail marijuana infused product manufacturers.

The Downtown Denver Partnership put up new signs on the 16th Street Mall Tuesday that they hope will educate the public about the new marijuana laws.

Those rules include: You cannot take marijuana out of the state; you cannot drive while under the influence of marijuana; you cannot consume it publicly; you cannot resell it; and you cannot give it to someone under the age of 21.

“This certainly is something that the nation is watching us for and the city and a lot of other entities have been really working hard to make sure that everything is done in a precise manner that accommodates everybody’s needs,” said DDP spokeswoman Jenny Starkey.

23 comments

  • Anonymous says:

    This headline is misleading. Recreational use has been practiced for centuries and legally, for that matter, before the advent of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Perhaps revising to, “Legal Recreational Marijuana Use Resumes Jan. 1″ would clarify things.

  • Flock the Police says:

    All this really means is a huge price increase for those of us that have been able to find it anyway for decades.

    Down the system.
    Up the underground.

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  • robin ruben says:

    I WILL HAVE 8 TONS FOR SALE…225.00 AN OZ…..BEST DEAL IN THE STATE..1/4 FOR 75.00 FOR OUT OF STATERS

  • decker says:

    Colorado….Don’t screw this up for the rest of the US…..The whole country is watching!

  • Ruckus_Tom says:

    Ha. Check out all the hoops and costs from legalized pot (do Mexican drug cartels go through all this?) ….

    Denver Department of Excise and Licenses …
    city’s licensing process …
    Buyers also cannot take marijuana out of the state …
    cannot consume pot publicly …
    cannot resell it …
    setting up regulations, taxation and oversight …
    plant-tracking system …
    regulators set up packaging, labeling … testing requirements …
    U.S. Justice Department outlined an eight-point slate of priorities for pot regulation …
    Police in the eight Colorado towns … stepping up patrols
    airport warnings and various other measures …
    group of addiction counselors and physicians …
    Colorado Center for Dependency, Addiction & Rehabilitation …

  • Teacher says:

    Remember that employers will fire you if you do not pass a random drug test. This should open up a ton of new jobs for the new year for those that are unemployed.

  • PAM says:

    well americas going to hell.the cops complain of to much crime.to many accidents causing lives to be lost..colorado.why..mariquana id a drug that really affects the mind..to the mayor the cops,and all those that passed this.thanks for now causing things to happen in other states.your just over the state line.all these dopers will be driving here and killing people.or causing other law breaking things..why in the hell did you do this..next it will be other drugs.and you know people are not going to follow the rules.they didint before.and look how bad it was.now all hell will break loose..im worried and scared for everyone who is clean..i hope all of you have so much crime you cant keep up with it..your helping to kill people..

  • Thomas says:

    Where is a list of the retail sites?

  • Jenny says:

    I think Pam has been drinking…

  • Police in Washington State are complaining about the rise in crime and accidents already due to pot sales and use there. I wonder how long before the Police in Colorado start complaining? The only thing this law did, was make it publicly who who the pot heads are!

  • Gerry says:

    Meh. Coloradans have a need to prove why they call it “dope.”

  • SloCatch says:

    Pam, just breath in and out, in and out, in……

  • Kathy Flynn says:

    I’m seriously considering trying it. I am 74 yrs. old, suffering from severe spinal degeneration, can hardly walk. Chiropractor & Ostopat didn’t help, Acupuncture helps some, but my hi $ ins. won’t pay for it. Afraid of getting addicted to Aleve, don’t want Drs. carving on my back, or having to get cortizone shots every 3 mo. Not sure if I can afford it tho. Don’t want to be addicted to it or any other Dr. given drugs. Tired of living with pain!

  • DR Commish says:

    This just CAN’T be good…..

  • Ned Morlef says:

    prohibition lives here in NC. i got the sheriff sitting in my bushes as I type looking for an opportunity to glean my deed. I don’t even smoke the stuff but, i associate with ppl that do. I’m for legalizing just to get the cops out of the real estate business so, i can live in peace.

  • Ned Morlef says:

    BTW it was the governments and corporations of the nation that pushed this open legalization thing. Most everyone i know and talk to online were all fine and dandy just being able to grow a few plants next to their tomatoes. so, if you don’t like open legalization it wasn’t the Marijuana lobby or the People. it was your leaders.

  • Murray From Hempstead says:

    How much is an ounce from a gangstah at Colfax & Broadway compared to a real store?. I remember a lid outside Jerry’s Records in ’76 was $25.

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  • earl walker says:

    to pam…how can you or ANYONE justify criticism against marijuana when alcohol, which is the most dangerous drug in America is legal, plentiful, easy to get and DEADLY. Wake up you hypocrite…

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  • RTR says:

    I think Pam smoked up before trying to articulate a rational thought. At least the people who have worked hard to be licensed retailers have better than a 4th grade education. Which is more than I can say for you based on your comment.

  • Asashii says:

    wow, over taxed and expensive weed, still cheaper for me to get it on the streets and good enough also, you can keep it, i will still get mine from the Rasta down the road, idiots!!!!!!!!!

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