For more than 70 years, the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes has been banned in the United States. But this prohibition, as it has existed for decades, ended Wednesday in Colorado.
The first legal sale of marijuana to people 21 years of age and older began in the morning at selected clinics in Colorado-the first State in the country, and the first government in the world, to control and regulate a legal marijuana industry for recreational purposes.
“This is a great day,” said Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Reform Group majority, at The Huffington Post. “With what Colorado is doing now, and what the state of Washington and Uruguay will do later this year, we finally have the opportunity to show the world the benefits of legalizing and regulating marijuana that we’ve been talking about for so many years. Raising the market above the land will generate tax revenues, create jobs and withdraw money from the cartels and violent drug gangs that control the trade where marijuana is illegal. Once other states and countries see these results proven, they will want to get rid of their prohibition laws as well.”