Recreational Pot Shops Open Monday

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A long line of people waiting to buy recreational marijuana. The store owner told us more than 500 people were served on the first day.

Some customers waited in line up to eight hours because they wanted to be a part of history.

"We've been in line since noon," one customer told us.

Hundreds waited in line for hours to be among the first to buy recreational pot.

"We'll smoke one for all those that can't be here," Devon and Sheridan Lozano said.

The mother and daughter drove from Texas to buy pot from Marisol Therapeutics. It was one of two shops in Pueblo County to open its doors Monday.

"I’m so excited to be here today, I moved here from Nevada for this," Duane Biggs said.

Caleb Pratt was the second person in line at Marisol’s. He was outside the doors at 2:30 a.m. waiting for them to open on January 1st.

"A lot of friends that I talk to on Facebook are kind of a little bit jealous that we're the new Amsterdam of America in a sense," Pratt said.

The line was non-stop all day since they opened at 8 a.m. Monday. The owner, Mike Stetler, told us they had to stop serving at 10:45 p.m. so they stopped letting people in line several hours before.

Stetler said for those who didn’t make it to the front in time, they were given a token so they could be first in line Tuesday morning.

"We didn't know what to expect, we’ve never had anything like this before," Marisol manager Mikey Tapia said.

Tapia was talking about Monday, but now they know, Tuesday will likely bring another line out the door.

Pueblo County is the only place in Southern Colorado where you can buy recreational pot. Most of the other cities and counties have banned it. Manitou Springs is still waiting to decide.

Folks who want to buy pot must be 21-years-old and have a valid Colorado ID. They will be able to buy one ounce of pot. People from out of state will also have to have a valid ID. They will be able to buy a quarter of an ounce.

The lines at the shops in Denver were just as long. The first person to buy recreational marijuana in the state was an Iraq war veteran. He said he will use it to treat his PTSD.

Even though pot is legal in Colorado, businesses that have drug free policies can still fire employees for smoking it.

Experts say depending on how much marijuana you use, it typically stays in your system about 30 days.

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