- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Residents in Weld County now have a place to buy recreational marijuana.

C-Nine Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispensary, began selling pot to anyone 21 and over on Monday in Garden City, a tiny town surrounded by Greeley and Evans that once supplied the area with liquor.

The Tribune (http://bit.ly/LI2LDG ) reports about 25 people were waiting in line when the shop opened its doors. A former medical marijuana patient from Evans, Rhonda Diciedue, was the first customer.

Diciedue paid $30 for one gram of the Mystique strain of marijuana, about double the price of medical marijuana. She said she was glad to only have to show her license, rather than fill out the paperwork required for people on the medical registry.


“It’s encouraging to see this movement. I’d like to see it just like alcohol nationally,” she said.

Greeley, Evans and Windsor in northern Colorado have banned recreational sales as many other cities and towns in the state have. Kersey, meanwhile, has adopted regulations that make it virtually impossible for a marijuana business to operate.

This isn’t the first time Garden City has cashed in on what was banned by its neighbors. Greeley continued to ban alcohol sales after the end of Prohibition and a former bootlegger helped start the town so a liquor store could open just outside city limits. It covers less than a square mile and has about 300 residents.

Another dispensary has also been given a recreational sales license. Sales at Nature’s Herbs and Wellness Center are expected to begin in March.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com