Another important milestone in the slow process of turning Amendment 64 into to a working recreational marijuana system adults in the Colorado can actually use has just been crossed. Yesterday, the state of Colorado has officially accepted its first applications for recreational marijuana stores. These are the first applications for this type of business ever in America. From the Denver Post:
The first applicants arrived at the Marijuana Enforcement Division’s offices south of downtown Denver shortly before 9 a.m., carrying heavy boxes and bulging binders. Just after 9, Andy Williams, the owner of the Medicine Man medical-marijuana dispensary, stepped into an office conference room to become one of the first to submit an application.
“We’re excited,” he said. “Some folks are afraid to be first, but we welcome it.”
If everything goes as planned, the first recreational marijuana stores in Colorado should open to the public around January 1st, 2014.
Washington State, which also legalized marijuana in 2012, is moving a bit slower with its implementation. It does not plan to begin accepting applications until November 18.