Retail Marijuana Sales begin Friday in Fort Collins

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Choice Organics dispensary in Fort Collins, CO

Friday will mark the beginning of retail marijuana sales within Fort Collins city limits.

Organic Alternatives, located at 346 E. Mountain Ave. in Old Town, will open its doors 10 a.m. Friday morning issuing the start of marijuana retail sales.

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While Amendment 64 was passed in Colorado November of 2012, it has been a long process for businesses in Larimer County to acquire their licenses for recreational sales.

Fort Collins will be home to two retail stores this Friday, Choice Organics located near I-25 and Organic Alternatives, along with a dozen existing medical dispensaries. More retail shops will be opening within the next few months, one of which is Flower Power Botanicals.

Edibles are still banned in Larimer County, however. Individuals seeking baked goods, infused treats and other edible items containing cannabis will have to journey to Denver.

To date in Colorado, there are a little over 200 retail marijuana stores, a number that is expected to grow.

Collegian Senior Reporter Josephine Bush can be reached at news@collegian.com.