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Colorado's (Legal) Pot Shops Open: Everyone Stands in Line

While the rest of the country nursed their NYE hangovers, Coloradans stood in line on January 1 to buy recreational marijuana and get that famous Rocky Mountain high. Ski town pot shops in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, and Idaho Springs all opened their doors with the New Year, but Telluride tops the list with four (!) recreational dispensaries. Telluride tokers waited for over an hour to buy pot from shops named (of course) the Green Room and the Telluride Bud Company. Other mountain towns, like Steamboat Springs, expect to roll out their first retail pot shops soon. Headed to the centennial state and curious about how it all works? We break down all the powder and pot details.
Top tips for understanding Colorado marijuana:

1. You'll need to show your ID to purchase pot.
2. Under state laws, stores can't open before 8:00 am or stay open alter than midnight. Cities can set more restrictive hours.
3. People with a Colorado ID can buy up to an ounce at a time. People with an out-of-state ID can buy up to a quarter ounce.
4. You can make multiple purchases on the same day.
5. Public consumption is banned and this includes the ski slopes. The only place it's completely okay to consume is in a private residence where the owner is cool with it.
6. You cannot take pot on the plane home with you, even if you're traveling to another legal-marijuana state. You also can't send pot by mail.

Want more info? Check out this guide from the Denver Post

· All CO Pot Coverage [Curbed Ski Archives]
· Colorado marijuana shops [The Denver Post]
· Capitalism and marijuana meet in Telluride [Telluride Daily Planet]
· Colorado's New Pot Paradise [Outside]