Five Things Arizonans Should Know About Colorado Marijuana Stores Opening Wednesday
On Wednesday, Colorado will make U.S. history when the country's first retail marijuana stores open to all adults 21 and over.
Colorado is connected to Arizona at the famed Four Corners Monument. If you already like its wonderful, camping, mountain fun, hiking, and hunting, you now have another good reason to visit Arizona's neighbor.
Here are five things Arizonans should know if they plan to indulge while there:
5. Who can buy and use marijuana in Colorado?
You, Mr. or Ms. Arizonan, if you're 21 or older. Thanks to 2012's historic, voter-approved law, and the Obama administration's blessing of it, customers with out-of-state IDs can buy up to a quarter-ounce of pot at the new stores.
And that's per transaction, says Rachel Gillette, a lawyer and executive director of Colorado NORML. In other words, an Arizonan could buy a quarter-ounce at each of the three Telluride stores in the same day.
Food and drink items containing marijuana will be available, too. The limit on them depends on how much weed or concentrate is in the product. That is, if a quarter-ounce was used to create a small bottle of tincture, the out-of-state customer would be at his or her limit after buying one bottle. Until a visit to the next store.
Prices: Medical-marijuana has been relatively cheap in Colorado, with an eighth of quality bud going for as little as $20. Experts say you can expect to pay more, possibly a lot more, at the retail stores in the near future because of huge demand.