Denver Begins Licensing Recreational Marijuana Sellers

The city cleared 42 businesses

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This Jan. 26, 2013 photo taken at a grow house in Denver shows a marijuana plants ready to be harvested.

Denver officials doled out the first round of licenses to sell recreational marijuana on Friday.

The city approved 42 licenses to business owners who passed inspection and public hearing procedures, but only to existing medical marijuana vendors, the Denver Business Journal reports. Denver is among 19 cities and seven counties in Colorado that will permit businesses to sell recreational pot to residents 21 and older beginning Jan. 1. The state has issued 348 marijuana licenses so far.

The approved businesses include 30 growers, eight retail shops and four infused product manufacturers, according to the Associated Press.

Colorado voted to legalize the use, possession and sale of recreational marijuana for adults 21 or older under Amendment 64 in November 2012.

[Denver Business Journal]