This is Sean Azzariti. At 8 a.m. MT on Jan. 1, he became the first person in the U.S. to buy weed from a legal marijuana store in Colorado.
Azzariti's purchase: an eighth of an ounce of the strain Bubba Kush and an edible truffle.
Azzariti served as a Marine in the Iraq War and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He now works as a marijuana activist in Denver.
Azzariti appeared in a TV ad last year discussing how marijuana would help alleviate his symptoms with PTSD. Despite efforts, only seven states have passed legislation that allows those suffering from PTSD to obtain medical marijuana legally. Colorado is not one of them.
Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project and co-director of the Amendment 64 campaign:
"Millions of adults use marijuana in the United States, but only in Colorado will they be purchasing it from regulated businesses instead of in the underground market. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and Colorado is the first place in the country to start treating it that way.
"Making marijuana legal for adults is not an experiment. Marijuana prohibition is the experiment, and the results have been abysmal. If we can successfully regulate alcohol, we can surely regulate a less harmful substance like marijuana. Colorado is going to prove that regulating marijuana works, and it won't be long before more states follow our lead."
Legal retail marijuana sales began Wednesday in Colorado.
According to the Denver Post, 37 recreational marijuana stores are now open for business around the state.
Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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