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Iraq War Veteran With PTSD Makes Colorado's First Legal Pot Purchase

With the state's new pot law now in effect, recreational users like Sean Azzariti are lining up to make their purchases.

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By McCarton Ackerman

01/02/14

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An Iraq war veteran who suffers from PTSD became the first person to make a legal marijuana purchase yesterday in Colorado. In a staged ceremonial “first buy,” Sean Azzariti purchased an eighth of an ounce of “Bubba Kush” and a weed-laced truffle, spending $59.74 at Denver’s 3D Cannabis store. He told news outlets that marijuana helps alleviate the symptoms of his PTSD and later tweeted that “today I was fortunate enough to be the first recreational cannabis purchase in the world. We did it!!”

The new legalized pot industry is now operating in eight towns throughout Colorado via Amendment 64, which allows adults over the age of 21 to purchase marijuana legally. Those under the age of 21 may not purchase marijuana legally, but will not face having a criminal record if caught by police.

Colorado residents over the age of 21 can now buy up to an ounce under the new regulations; non-residents can purchase up to a quarter-ounce. Driving under the influence of marijuana and smoking in most public places is still illegal, but officials in Denver ruled last month that city residents could smoke pot on their front porch. Marijuana advocates say they expect $400 million in sales throughout Colorado in the next year.

Marijuana tourism is also expected to grow in the coming months. One such company, Colorado High Life Tours, is expanding its private and public limo and bus tours, mixing sightseeing with stops at marijuana grow centers and glass-blowing shops. But while tourists will be able to sample the goods, they won’t be able to bring any Colorado bud home as a souvenir. It still remains illegal to take marijuana out of the state and Denver International Airport will soon enforce a new policy that bans pot throughout the airport.

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