Let's play a game.
As you may know, Colorado was the first state to vote in 2012 to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Roughly 300 dispensaries in the state will eventually receive their licenses to sell weed to those 21 and older, but a "few dozen" began legally selling marijuana yesterday, January 1.
This is a game of assumptions and stereotypes. Let's see how you fare. Can you guess who of the following was the first person to legally purchase marijuana on "Green Wednesday"?
a. A 21-year-old snowboarding instructor who says he is "so f--king stoked" about the new law because he has gotten in trouble with the police three times in the past for illegally purchasing weed.
b. A 43-year-old mother of two, who calls Colorado "extremely progressive" and claims that, while she's not a regular smoker, from time to time, she enjoys "unwinding" at the end of a particularly stressful day.
c. A 32-year-old Iraq war veteran, who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder and prefers to medicate with weed over other prescription pills. He says the new laws are "mind-blowing" and "huge."
d. A 58-year-old businessman who is the founder and CEO of his own company, which supplies medical equipment to hospitals. He calls Colorado's legalization a "turning point" in the world of medicine.
e. None of the above.
The correct answer is "C."
Sean Azzariti, a Marine who served two tours in Iraq from 2000 to 2006, was the first person to legally purchase recreational marijuana when the doors to the 3D Cannabis Center in Denver opened at 8 a.m.
"I couldn't be more excited. This is huge. We're changing the world," he said about being the first buyer. "It's an absolute honor, I couldn't be happier. It's a huge stepping-stone for other states as well.
As for why he bought the marijuana, Azzariti explained, "It helps alleviate my symptoms of PTSD. I'd rather use cannabis than benzos like Klonopin and Xanax. It's a lot more safer, in my opinion. It just helps me a lot."