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First legal recreational pot industry opens in US

Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is to begin marijuana retail sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling ‘Green Wednesday.' AP

The first recreational marijuana industry in the U.S. opened in Colorado, kicking off an experiment that will be watched closely around the world.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Shoppers wait for Colorado pot shops to open

In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, employees trim away leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary, which is to open as a recreational retail outlet at the start of 2014, in Denver. Colorado is making final preparations for marijuana sales to begin Jan. 1, a day some are calling "Green Wednesday."(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

The new year may have arrived in Colorado, but the clock hasn’t ticked down yet on another milestone: the opening of the nation’s first recreational pot industry.’

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Marijuana legalization low-key in Colorado

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Gerald Thompson holds up a bag of marijuana on the steps of the State Capitol in Denver on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution. AP/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz

Colorado gave a lonely reception to marijuana when it became the second U.S. state to legalize the drug. Just as state officials planned. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday quietly removed the final barrier to legalization by declaring that an amendment passed by voters in November was officially part of the state constitution. He announced the move on Twitter and email after the fact. In response, a handful of marijuana activists celebrated by toking up on the Capitol steps, but there were no crowds and little fanfare.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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