America's 1st Recreational Pot Licenses Issued
136 Colorado stores get green light
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2013 3:06 AM CST
Different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at The Clinic, a Denver-based dispensary with several outlets.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

(Newser) – Colorado's government has issued the state's—and the country's—first licenses to operate businesses selling marijuana for recreational use. The state's Marijuana Enforcement Division has mailed out licenses to 136 marijuana stores, mostly in Denver, and they can start serving customers from January 1 if their local governments consent, reports the Denver Post. The state also issued licenses to 31 marijuana-infused products makers and 178 marijuana-growing facilities.