See History Being Made: 6 Scenes of Americans Buying Marijuana on 1st Day of Legalization

Colorado's legal weed is proving popular with tourists and locals alike. Here are a few shots of the opening rush.

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It's been one mighty historic week of legal marijuana business transactions in Colorado to begin the New Year.

Smell the Truth' s fearless leader David Downs reported live from all the snow and festivities, bringing words and pictures throughout New Years day, while also managing to enjoy bushel upon bushel of legal ganja. Here are a few of the images he grabbed of the opening madness that started the morning of January 1 at 8 a.m. 

For the complete slideshow visit SmelltheTruth.org.


Crowds formed at dawn at 28 licensed retail shops in Denver, Jan. 1. Some lined up as early as 3 a.m. for the historic occasion.


Iraq war vet Sean Azzariti purchases an eighth-ounce of Bubba Kush to treat symptoms of PTSD.

Jacksonville, FL.'s Adam Hartle was the first to put his name on a list Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. for the morning sale.

Herb and history fans from Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Florida and beyond flocked to store openings in downtown Denver Jan. 1.

The first crop of retail shops are growing much of their own supplies. By the people. For the people. $48 bucks out the door.

An estimated $600 million in retail marijuana sales will occur in the next year in Colorado, with $67 million in taxes going to schools and public health.

View the complete slideshow at SmelltheTruth.org.

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An independent journalist based in San Francisco, David Downs has covered, arts, technology and culture since 1996 and appears in Wired, Rolling Stone, and The Onion. He contributes the weekly column "Legalization Nation" to the Express and co-edits the Marijuana Business Report — a twice-a-month trade newsletter from Dealflow Media. Contact him at www.DavidRDowns.com.

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