DENVER, Colo. - Recreational Marijuana shops are up and running in Colorado. During the first day of sales on Jan. 1, lines wrapped around the corners of stores. Sales have since slowed down, but people who chose to get into the pot business are calling it the best decision of their lives.
Linda Andrews is the owner of Lodo Wellness Center in Downtown Denver. She split her medical pot business into a half recreational, half medical retailer.
"On the first day we did what we usually do in a month for medical," Andrews said.
Many strains of weed are available at Lodo Wellness Center, from Sour Diesel to Durban Poison. The store will often run out of the popular edible products like cookies, brownies, and drinks.
"It's the first time I've been able to impulsively purchase marijuana," Jesse, a customer at the store, said.
The 36 percent tax in Denver keeps some potential clientele away.
"If you want to get rid of a black market, you can't overtax the product, and I think that's what they're doing," Kyle O'Malley, a marijuana user, said.
Though, O'Malley does think that there is peace of mind in buying from a store.
"You don't feel like a criminal," O'Malley said. "You come in and it doesn't feel like you're doing anything wrong."
Even though sales are great, some stores are having to ration the amount of marijuana they sell. Andrews limited their sales to three grams, one-eighth the legal limit, so they do not go out of business.
Andrews suggests Washington stores "stock up and plan for recreational demand to be high."
"We actually planned for this for six months,and we're still limiting our supply until we can expand into another grow," Andrews said.
In Colorado, most of the pot has to be grown on site. While in Washington, none of it can be grown at the retailer.
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