US state Colorado counts down to the ultimate shopping 'high'

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For those who use marijuana as a recreational drug, January 1 in the US state of Colorado is a day worth waiting for.

For that’s when it’s going to be legal to produce it and sell it under licence.

Voters there and in Washington approved a constitutional amendment last year and now sellers are getting prepared.

Marques Moore, Chief Executive of NMS America Dispensary described how his new shop will work:

“The far side of the house, the retail -, I mean, it’s pretty much going up to the front so they can see the vast variety of strains we have available. We usually keep around 20 strains on the shelf at any time, and then eventually we have a back area of cultivation where we actually grow plants.”

But not everything has gone smoothly. There has been a rush in demand in applications for the licenses and a backlog of paperwork has caused much frustration.

“We are all scrambling at this last minute and we are not sure which of our friends in the industry are going to be able to open and which ones won’t,” said herbalist Robin Hacket.

Only people over 21 will be able to purchase the weed, but from January 1, as the John Denver song goes, much of Colorado may well be “mountain high”.

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