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Marijuana enters retail market as Colorado stores open for business

Updated: 2014-01-03 08:35
By Cindy Shiner in Denver ( China Daily)

Marijuana enters retail market as Colorado stores open for business

A customer browses various types of marijuana being offered at the 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary. Commercial sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal in Colorado on Wednesday and is expected to generate $67 million in annual tax revenue. Theo Stroomer / Getty Images via AFP

Marijuana users celebrated on Wednesday as Colorado became the first US state to allow retail cannabis sales, putting it in the vanguard of efforts across the country to legalize the drug.

The western state famous for its ski resorts and breathtaking mountain vistas has issued 348 retail licenses - including for small pot shops - that can sell up to 28 grams of pot to people aged 21 or older.

Marijuana enters retail market as Colorado stores open for business

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