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First Day of Colo. Pot Sales Stays Mellow

World watches as recreational sales begin
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2014 1:20 AM CST
First Day of Colo. Pot Sales Stays Mellow
Employees David Marlow, right, and Chris Broussard work behind sales counter inside Denver's Medicine Man marijuana store.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – America's first legal recreational marijuana went on sale in Colorado yesterday and "Green Wednesday" was, perhaps unsurprisingly, a pretty mellow affair. At least 24 pot stores in eight towns opened for business and police say there were no incidents, apart from one person being issued a summons for public consumption, the AP reports. There were no problems at Denver International Airport, where signs warn travelers about taking marijuana out of the state.

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The smooth launch of recreational pot was watched with interest by pro-marijuana activists from around the country and around the world. "I've been waiting 34 years for this moment," a woman who had been waiting outside a marijuana store since 2am tells the Denver Post. "I've been smoking since I was 14. No more sneaking around." One potential problem: State and local taxes brought the price of high-quality legal weed up to around $400 an ounce in some places, about four times the cost on the black market. (Read more marijuana legalization stories.)

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