Colorado: First Legal Recreational Marijuana Store Applications Accepted

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Colorado on Tuesday accepted its first applications from people wanting to open legal recreational marijuana stores, becoming the first state to do so.

All 99 applications accepted on Tuesday and Wednesday were from owners of medical marijuana dispensaries; the general public won't be eligible to apply for recreational marijuana store licenses until next July.

The first hopeful applicants got to the Marijuana Enforcement Division's offices in Denver before 9 a.m., carrying boxes and binders of paperwork, reports John Ingold at The Denver Post. Not long after 9, Andy Williams, owner of the Medicine Man medical marijuana dispensary, became one of the first to turn in an application.

"We're excited," Williams said. "Some folks are afraid to be first, but we welcome it."

Applications were accepted by appointment only. By midday Tuesday, the office had taken 23 applications from prospective marijuana store owners, growing facilities and infused-products makers.

All the available appointments -- a total of 99 for Tuesday and Wednesday -- have been booked, according to John Seckman, who's in charge of licensing and background checks for the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED).

(Photo: CBS Denver)