Denver issues first pot sales licenses

AP

The first batch of Denver businesses selling recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, with the owners saying they never thought they would see the day when they would get a permit to sell pot.

Applause broke out and cameras whirred when the first license was issued from the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses. The city awarded 14 licenses to retail shops, 17 to pot growers and three to makers of cannabis-infused products such as pot brownies.

Recreational pot for adults over 21 has been legal in Colorado for more than a year, but retail sales of the drug aren’t allowed until 8 a.m. on Jan. 1. Washington state, the only other state to allow recreational pot use by adults, plans to have stores open by late spring.

Only existing medical marijuana businesses are now allowed to make the transition to recreational sales.