Jan 1, 2014 10:33 PM by Tony Spehar

Pueblo pot sales go late into the night

The first day of retail marijuana sales continued late into the night Wednesday at Marisol Therapeutics in Pueblo as customer crowded in and around the store up until closing time.

Wednesday marked the beginning of recreational marijuana sales brought on by the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012. From the store's opening early in the morning until closing, a line of people waiting to get inside stretched around the building.

"We thought it was going to be an hour wait max, ended up being like four-hours right now, still not even in the doors yet," described Ernie Perez, who traveled from out of state. "Everyone's positive around here."

Hundreds of customers came out for the beginning of legal marijuana sales, some even traveled from other countries.

"We're probably working on a $30,000 day," explained Marisol Therapeutics Owner Michael Stetler. "It's the voter's response, it's what they voted for and they got it so they're appreciating it, that's what I think."

Despite the long wait, there were few complaints from those who waited in line in the cold late into the night.

"Oh, I'm shaking, I'm ready to smoke," Shawn Keene said as he waited in line. "I'm from Colorado Springs now and hopefully they'll give it a chance to get over there and we won't have to come all the way over here for it."

Pot stores across Colorado are expected to see big crowds through the coming weekend.

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