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Retail pot shops open in Colorado

Updated 2223 GMT (0623 HKT) January 2, 2014
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Customers wait in a long line for their turn to buy recreational marijuana outside the LoDo Wellness Center on Wednesday, January 1, in Denver. Colorado is the first state in the nation to allow retail pot shops. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Donald Andrews, whose family owns and runs the LoDo Wellness Center, hands out tickets marking customers' place in the line. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Hailey Andrews, who manages the LoDo Wellness Center, fills an order for a customer. Colorado residents can now buy marijuana like alcohol, but purchases are limited to an ounce at a time. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Andrews examines marijuana plants in the grow room of the LoDo Wellness Center. Pot is the third most popular recreational drug in America, after alcohol and tobacco, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Marijuana plants thrive in the grow room of the LoDo Wellness Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Marijuana dries next to a harvest calendar in the grow room of the LoDo Wellness Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Beej Jackson, left, and Amber Bacca serve customers in Evergreen Apothecary in Denver. In 2012, 55% of Colorado voters said yes to legalizing recreational marijuana. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Jackson fills a display with THC lollipops in the Evergreen Apothecary. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Different strains of marijuana are displayed in the Evergreen Apothecary. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Leica Zayat and Mark Harris serve customers in Evergreen Apothecary. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
People line up to buy recreational marijuana outside of Evergreen Apothecary. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Customers wait to be served in the LoDo Wellness Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Pamphlets about the legal recreational use of marijuana sit on a desk at the LoDo Wellness Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
People line up to buy recreational marijuana at the LoDo Wellness Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Marijuana plants sit under grow lights at the 3D Cannabis Center in Denver. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran and marijuana activist, speaks to the media after becoming the first person to legally purchase recreational marijuana in Colorado. "It's huge," he said. "It hasn't even sunk in how big this is yet." Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Customers buy edible marijuana products at the LoDo Wellness Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Marijuana paraphernalia sits on display at the LoDo Wellness Center. Communities and counties in Colorado can still choose not to allow marijuana stores in their local jurisdictions. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Mark Wootten, left, and Tom McCoy purchase marijuana products at the LoDo Wellness Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Marijuana prices are on display at the 3D Cannabis Center. Tax revenue from retail pot sales will initially amount to $67 million a year, with $27.5 million of it designated to build schools, state officials say. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN
Darren Austin, left, and his son Tyler line up outside the 3D Cannabis Center. Benjamin Rasmussen for CNN