Colorado’s now-legal recreational sales law kicked off with the first purchase in the state by a U.S. Veteran with PTSD. Sean Azzariti, a Denver resident who worked for the passage of Amendment 64, bought an eighth of an ounce called “Bubba Kush” and a pot infused truffle. His total came to $59.
Azzariti was up bright and early for the honor of being the first. Since Azzariti was previously denied medical marijuana, the first sale in the state was organized by activists as a “ceremonial purchase.” Azzariti told reporters,
“Now I get to use recreational marijuana to alleviate my PTSD.”
Among the crowd who got an early start celebrating the new pot law was Chrissy Robinson. “I’ve been waiting 34 years for this moment.” Robinson said while standing outside the Evergreen Apothecary, “I’ve been smoking since I was 14. No more sneaking around.”
Celebrating started earlier in parts of the state at “Prohibition Is Over” themed New Years Eve parties where attendees held bongs and pipes instead of champagne glasses.
Some people showed up to be a part of the historic moment. Brandon Harris, of Blanchester, Ohio told reporters “We’re making history here.”
Pot tourism is an incidental industry of the new law. Addison Morris, owner of Rocky Mountain Mile High Tours, charged $295 per person to chauffeur folks around to make their purchases. “We’re your grandmother’s pot connection,” said Addison. “We’re not the hippie stoners who are going to stand in this cold and party.” Driving under the influence is still illegal in Colorado. With an estimated $400 million in sales expected in the new pot industry in the first year, a number which does not include money brought in by tourists during their stay for hotels and other incidentals, other states looking to cash in are anticipated to follow suit in the next few years.
Police reported no incidents as shoppers happily waited in long lines to make their purchases.
Watch a report about legal recreational marijuana sales on Colorado, courtesy of NBC: