First Legal Marijuana Sales Begin TOMORROW in Colorado
First-ever Legal Adult Marijuana Sales to Begin TOMORROW in Colorado
Leaders of the campaign that made marijuana legal will recognize first sales on January 1 with event at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver — a licensed marijuana retail store with on-site cultivation facility; news conference at 7:30 a.m. MT followed by first sale at 8 a.m. MT
Statement below from MPP’s Mason Tvert, who co-directed the Amendment 64 campaign
* Marijuana policy experts available for interviews in Colorado and Washington, D.C. *
DENVER — The first-ever legal adult marijuana sales will begin Wednesday, January 1 in Colorado. Leaders of the initiative that made marijuana legal, Amendment 64, will hold a news conference at 7:30 a.m. MT at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver — a licensed marijuana retail store with on-site cultivation facility — followed by the first sale at 8 a.m. MT. The licensed marijuana retail store is located at 4305 Brighton Blvd. in Denver.
The first customer will be Sean Azzariti, a Denver-based Iraq war veteran who can now legally use marijuana to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Azzariti appeared in a Yes on 64 campaign television ad last year in which he discussed how legalization would benefit those suffering from PTSD — a condition that is not covered under Colorado's medical marijuana law despite repeated efforts to add it.
Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project and co-director of the Amendment 64 campaign:
“Millions of adults use marijuana in the United States, but only in Colorado will they be purchasing it from regulated businesses instead of in the underground market. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and Colorado is the first place in the country to start treating it that way.
“Making marijuana legal for adults is not an experiment. Marijuana prohibition is the experiment, and the results have been abysmal. If we can successfully regulate alcohol, we can surely regulate a less harmful substance like marijuana. Colorado is going to prove that regulating marijuana works, and it won’t be long before more states follow our lead.”
WHAT: First-ever legal adult marijuana sales and news conference with leaders of the campaign that made marijuana legal in Colorado
WHEN: Wednesday, January 1, news conference at 7:30 a.m. MT; first sale at 8 a.m. MT
WHERE: 3D Cannabis Center, 4305 Brighton Blvd., Denver
WHO: Mason Tvert, Yes on 64 co-director, Marijuana Policy Project
Brian Vicente, Yes on 64 co-director, Sensible Colorado
Betty Aldworth, Yes on 64 advocacy director, Ntl. Cannabis Industry Assoc.
Toni Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center
Sean Azzariti, first customer, Denver veteran with PTSD