First US recreational pot industry opens in Colorado as other states, countries closely watch

  • Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 12:25 AM

DENVER — Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation's first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around in a limo, eager to try weed but not so eager to be seen buying it.

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texas_technomanJan. 1, 14 5:42 AM

Pot bad; but alcohol and tobacco good? The only benefit of the War on Drugs were the police, who got to buy more shiny things. Time to stop wasting $ on that, more important things to worry about!

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comment229Jan. 1, 14 5:42 AM

The last thing this country or any country needs, is more smoking and more drugs. Here's a thought... instead of trying to escape reality, why not enjoy what a lucid life has to offer?

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nkuhlmanJan. 1, 14 6:27 AM

Marijuana prohibition is make-work for cops, period. Time to find a new racket, boys.

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arrow004Jan. 1, 14 7:11 AM

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Thanks to the internet the lies of refer madness are fading away. lol

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akornJan. 1, 14 7:18 AM

You do not have to choose between legalization and the War on Drugs. The Drug War has been a disaster and should be ended immediately, but you don't need to make pot available for anyone to buy. The solution is to keep its illegal status and enforce it in a humane, common-sense manner.

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mnpls123Jan. 1, 14 7:30 AM

Will MN be next? This non-pot smoker hopes so.

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supervon2Jan. 1, 14 7:59 AM

The other day we read about addition clinics being overcrowded and now we want to add one more to the list? Oh, wait. Pot smokers don't get addicted. Let me give you tons of examples where that's not true. The only thing they do is vote Liberal for more of their addiction.

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daveparkJan. 1, 14 8:53 AM

I wonder if I will ever be able to buy pot in the tap room of my local brewery? :-)

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mnavariceJan. 1, 14 9:23 AM

Please move there to get your weed so you wont get busted here. Better for you, better for us.

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jpcooperJan. 1, 14 9:26 AM

How come Eric Holder is not suing CO for stepping over Federal Law?

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