Colorado now allowing selling marijuana legally

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Updated: 1/01 1:43 pm Published: 1/01 1:43 pm

DENVER (AP) - The nation's first recreational pot industry has opened in Colorado, kicking off a marijuana experiment that will be watched closely around the world.

Activists hope it will prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly American-led drug war.

Business owners who threw their doors open for shoppers at 8 a.m. Wednesday, meanwhile, are hoping the fledgling industry will prove to generate as much revenue as state officials hope it will.

At least 24 pot shops in eight towns scrambled to get ready for the opening, increasing staff and inventory and hiring extra security. Washington state also legalized recreational pot, and its industry opens in mid-2014.

Legalization critics warn that increased access will lead to an increase in drug abuse, including among teenagers, and crime.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/1/2014 7:57 PM
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Unwashed Mass (I can't call you dirty sermon because we have found a bone of contention to agree on) If oklahoma (hard for me to call it OK today) could focus on all the potential good that our society can receive from liberal production and use of hemp in our industry we could over dub the economic benefit that we received from the petroleum industry. In the creation of medicines FUELS textiles and a host of many other factors that I'm not able to remember or list at this moment. Industrial ?leaders? Like DuPont 'Hemp wasn't even illegal until DuPont discovered polymers in petroleum and lobbied in congress to make it illegal all because he wanted shippers to change from hemp to nylon' just to make an artificial buck. When I think about how unkind industry has persuaded politicians to be to our citizens it makes me question if we truly live in a land of the free. Hemp could end cotton production. I know I just go on and on. I can't help it. I hate bullies. In school I was bullied. I became reacquainted with one of my bullies later in life and we became good friends. It was hard for me to watch in the end because eventually he bullied himself. I'll always remember him and the friendship that we finally had. He's gone now. But his memory lives on in all who ask for forgiveness. By Don. I'll see you beyond in the next life. None of us will know who we are or who they are. We will all be more perfect creatures then.

Unwashed Mass - 1/1/2014 5:05 PM
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"Legalization critics warn that increased access will lead to an increase in drug abuse...and crime." Those critics are the alcohol and pharmaceutical industries, who are throwing stones in a glass house. Colorado had 10 years of medical marijuana, so at this point I believe they pretty much know what they are doing.
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