One city is beginning to issue licenses to sell recreational marijuana.
The licenses are being issued only to businesses that are already licensed to sell medical marijuana. Forty-two businesses will be issued these licenses today in Denver.
Eighteen other municipalities and seven counties in Colorado have chosen to allow the sale of recreational pot, and will issue similar licenses to businesses within their bounds.
A total of 348 marijuana business licenses have been approved in the state, including growers, retailers, and infused product manufacturers.
Colorado’s Amendment 64, which allows this, was proposed in the hope that legalizing the drug will allow regulation of it, much like tobacco and alcohol are regulated.
It forbids the sale to anyone under age 21, and requires that purchasers show I.D. The law also taxes the product, defines who may sell it (licensed businesses only), and forbids driving while under the influence of the drug.
It also decriminalizes possession of up to an ounce of pot and of paraphernalia, growing, possessing, or transporting a small number of marijuana plants, and consumption.
Not everyone is happy about the move. A group called Project SAM responded says that the legalization is wrong and dangerous.
“We’re seeing … a massive marijuana industry growing before our eyes. I hope it’s not going to be too late before we realize that the road we’re on is going to produce a massive public health problem and public safety problem in Colorado.”