Maybe it was the long holiday weekend, or the bright sunshine and relatively warmer winter weather after a bitter cold and snowy New Year's day. But the good feelings continue across Colorado for the thousands of people who are turning out to legally buy cannabis.
No incidents were reported at the several dozen shops across the state that began recreational sales on Thursday, the first day of a new law allowing such purchases.
Medical use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado for over a decade, and cannabis shops like the Evergreen Apothecary in Denver are simply part of the local landscape in many of the Centennial State's towns and cities. That familiarity also seemed to contribute to the relaxed and festive vibe of the 100 or so people patiently waiting in line outside the Evergreen, some for well over an hour.