On Monday, December 23, Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to issue licenses to sell recreational marijuana.
The Marijuana Enforcement Division mailed 136 retail marijuana licenses to stores throughout the state, which will start selling marijuana for recreational purposes on January 1, 2014 (as long as they are approved by local officials). Also issued were licenses for 178 marijuana cultivation facilities and 31 companies who will produce marijuana-infused edibles.
The vast majority of retail licenses were issued in the Denver area, leaving only 34 licenses for the rest of the state.
Licensed Marijuana Retailers in Colorado