Throngs of buyers, media, and law enforcement officials greeted the Wednesday morning commencement of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, and there were few complaints.
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Starting in 2014, it will be legal to sell marijuana over the counter in two US states to anyone over 21. Colorado and Washington spent a year crafting a regulatory framework they hope will pass federal muster. Now, the testing day is almost here.
Karl Pierson, 18, was old enough to buy a shotgun under Colorado law – and he bought it a week before he stormed into Arapahoe High on Friday in search of the school debate coach. He bought ammunition that morning, officials say.