Recreational Marijuana shops are up and running in Colorado. During the first day of sales on Jan. 1, lines wrapped around the corners of stores. Sales have since slowed down, but people who chose to get into the pot business are calling it the best decision of their lives.
Linda Andrews is the owner of Lodo Wellness Center in Downtown Denver. She split her medical pot business into a half recreational, half medical retailer.
"On the first day we did what we usually do in a month for medical," Andrews said.
Many strains of weed are available at Lodo Wellness Center, from Sour Diesel to Durban Poison. The store will often run out of the popular edible products like cookies, brownies, and drinks.
"It's the first time I've been able to impulsively purchase marijuana," Jesse, a customer at the store, said.
The 36 percent tax in Denver keeps some potential clientele away.
"If you want to get rid of a black market, you can't overtax the product, and I think that's what they're doing," Kyle O'Malley, a marijuana user, said.
Though, O'Malley does think that there is peace of mind in buying from a store.