In Colorado, Celebrating The First Day Of Legal Pot Sales

Recreational weed became legal at 8 a.m. this morning in Colorado.

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The first recreational pot industry in the U.S. opened in Colorado on Wednesday. People began lining up well before the stores opened at 8 a.m. MT.

Bigger lines now 30 min before recreational #marijuana sales begin in CO. More on @CNN 1030aE

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Bigger lines now 30 min before recreational #marijuana sales begin in CO. More on @CNN 1030aE

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People braved the snow and cold to get a chance to legally purchase marijuana on New Years Day.

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Teams in pharmacies and apothecaries prepared for recreational weed to go on sale.

Medicine Man Denver staff preps for the start of recreational pot sales in Colorado. Watch @CNN for all the latest.

Traci

@TraciCNN

Medicine Man Denver staff preps for the start of recreational pot sales in Colorado. Watch @CNN for all the latest.

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'Like a Napa Valley wine tour': Pot tourism ready to light up in Colorado - NBC News.co... http://t.co/A8hocm0y22

Darin

@DarinRMcClure

'Like a Napa Valley wine tour': Pot tourism ready to light up in Colorado - NBC News.co... http://t.co/A8hocm0y22

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And media swarmed the stores selling pot legally.

Minutes from the first recreational marijuana sale in Colorado.

Joshua Hans

@Jthans24

Minutes from the first recreational marijuana sale in Colorado.

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A press conference at Denver's Discreet Dispensary kicks off pot sales in Colorado.

Carl Filoreto

@elkruntv

A press conference at Denver's Discreet Dispensary kicks off pot sales in Colorado.

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Mason Tvert's plea to the media trying to get a shot of the 1st sale: "I reall implore you to do this as calmly as possible." #cannabisco

John Ingold

@john_ingold

Mason Tvert's plea to the media trying to get a shot of the 1st sale: "I reall implore you to do this as calmly as possible." #cannabisco

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People came from around the country to buy weed — this father and son drove all the way from Georgia, and camped overnight in their car.

This father and son from Georgia slept in their van to be here as #Colorado sells its first recreational pot

jack healy

@jackhealyNYT

This father and son from Georgia slept in their van to be here as #Colorado sells its first recreational pot

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They told NBC reporter Noel Brennan that they planned to move to Colorado, partly because of the new laws legalizing recreational pot.

Nuke Colorado RT @Noeltbrennan: Just spoke to a father/son from GA. They're moving to CO partly bc of its pot laws

Mr. Meaty

@USCBully

Nuke Colorado RT @Noeltbrennan: Just spoke to a father/son from GA. They're moving to CO partly bc of its pot laws

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One store, 3-D Cannabis, has a hallway for customers to observe their marijuana growing.

3-D Cannabis has a hallway where patrons can look into one of their grows. #cannabistco

John Ingold

@john_ingold

3-D Cannabis has a hallway where patrons can look into one of their grows. #cannabistco

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The first person to legally purchase pot was an Iraq war veteran who suffers from PTSD.

Just witnessed the first legal purchase of weed at 8am in Denver to a wat vet with PTSD named Sean Azzariti.

Cory Reppenhagen

@CRepp7News

Just witnessed the first legal purchase of weed at 8am in Denver to a wat vet with PTSD named Sean Azzariti.

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PHOTO: The 1st legal sale of recreational marijuana in Denver. FAQs about buying pot: http://t.co/06Sco8OxmP ”

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@HeavenLeeOps

PHOTO: The 1st legal sale of recreational marijuana in Denver. FAQs about buying pot: http://t.co/06Sco8OxmP ”

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He spent $40.00 on 3.5 grams of marijuana. Sales tax was $10.46.

The receipt from Colorado's 1st recreational marijuana purchase, in the hands of customer Sean Azzariti. #canabistco

John Ingold

@john_ingold

The receipt from Colorado's 1st recreational marijuana purchase, in the hands of customer Sean Azzariti. #canabistco

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It's 8 a.m. 1/1/14, and rec #marijuana is being sold in Colorado stores. POT 101 VIDEO: http://t.co/6tSxdWoY8F @cannabistco

Ricardo B.

@bruvs

It's 8 a.m. 1/1/14, and rec #marijuana is being sold in Colorado stores. POT 101 VIDEO: http://t.co/6tSxdWoY8F @cannabistco

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Lines remained long well after the sales began 8 a.m.

Quite a line has formed outside 3-D Cannabis. #cannabistco

John Ingold

@john_ingold

Quite a line has formed outside 3-D Cannabis. #cannabistco

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Psychonautic Express

@PNauticExpress

LINE AT COLORADO POT SHOP!!! Ahahahaha!!!

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Lining up at the Medicine Man dispensary to buy legal

jack healy

@jackhealyNYT

Lining up at the Medicine Man dispensary to buy legal

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Happy New Year! Lodo Wellness opens to a large but orderly crowd. #cannabistco

Sadie Gurman

@sgurman

Happy New Year! Lodo Wellness opens to a large but orderly crowd. #cannabistco

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The line outside 3-D Cannabis is now huge. Hundreds. #cannabistco

John Ingold

@john_ingold

The line outside 3-D Cannabis is now huge. Hundreds. #cannabistco

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Denver resident waiting in line says he thought crowds would be bigger. Line still snaking around building. #9NEWS

Noel Brennan

@Noeltbrennan

Denver resident waiting in line says he thought crowds would be bigger. Line still snaking around building. #9NEWS

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New "Know The Law" posters informed the public of the details of the marijuana laws — it is still illegal to consume pot in public, or drive while high.

Know the law: Sign o' the times on Denver's 16th Street Mall. Happy New Year! #HighMile #CannabistCO

Laura Keeney

@LauraKeeney

Know the law: Sign o' the times on Denver's 16th Street Mall. Happy New Year! #HighMile #CannabistCO

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Denver Post reporter John Ingold said that despite bit crowds, the day has been "fairly calm."

Though police may be keeping eye on crowds everything has been fairly calm at 3-D. Biggest problem, Fox said, has been controlling the media

John Ingold

@john_ingold

Though police may be keeping eye on crowds everything has been fairly calm at 3-D. Biggest problem, Fox said, has been controlling the media

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Naturally some are very jealous they don't live in Colorado...

Colorado is so lucky. They get to spark up...

Chico Delainky

@ChicoDelainky

Colorado is so lucky. They get to spark up...

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First day of legalized recreational use of marijuana in Colorado. Lucky motherfuckas

Jamal Smith

@poptartpete2

First day of legalized recreational use of marijuana in Colorado. Lucky motherfuckas

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People are buying weed like crazy in Colorado today. Anyone that's 21 can. Awesome.... #Colorado

Scandy B Gnarly

@ScandyB

People are buying weed like crazy in Colorado today. Anyone that's 21 can. Awesome....

#Colorado

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All you Colorado-ans are some lucky people

Chris Trigueiro

@C_Trigga

All you Colorado-ans are some lucky people

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WEED IS LEGAL IN COLORADO!!!! Time to head back to Denver for parties & making history!!!!! FUCK YEAH 2014!!!!

Hunt

@RastaShaolin

WEED IS LEGAL IN COLORADO!!!! Time to head back to Denver for parties & making history!!!!! FUCK YEAH 2014!!!!

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Wow, that's awesome. I wish I lived in Colorado.

JUL-YA

@juliamarreroo

Wow, that's awesome. I wish I lived in Colorado.

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And others are very happy that they do.

People in Colorado are legally scoring weed. But beware trying to take it across state lines. http://t.co/fykcSKS1dE

Kansas City Star

@KCStar

People in Colorado are legally scoring weed. But beware trying to take it across state lines. http://t.co/fykcSKS1dE

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photo: coloradoans and visitors alike celebrating retail marijuana legalization. freedom everybody. #cannibistco

AAron Ontiveroz

@aaronontiveroz

photo: coloradoans and visitors alike celebrating retail marijuana legalization. freedom everybody. #cannibistco

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