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Throng in mile-high city trumpets legal ‘pot’ sales

Price soars as new year kicks off recreational use

Posted: January 2, 2014 at 5:22 a.m.

Sean Azzariti, a former Marine who served in the Iraq war and has post-traumatic stress disorder, on Wednesday becomes the first to buy retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver after Colorado began legal recreational-marijuana sales.

Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass blower made smoking pipes.

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Employee David Marlow (right) helps a customer who smells a strain of marijuana before buying it Wednesday at the crowded sal... (By: BRENNAN LINSLEY) (Credit: AP)

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