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“We were building the plane while we were flying it, so we really had to figure out things as they came up,” said an executive director with the city.

DENVER — New Year’s Day will mark one decade since Colorado became the first state to legally sell marijuana.

The private consumption of marijuana in the state was legalized November 2012. Since Jan. 1, 2014 — the first legal sale of marijuana — Denver has been an example for dozens of other states as they try to take on the same thing. 

9NEWS spoke with Molly Duplechian, executive director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses, about the local marijuana market: the challenges confronted and what has changed since it was legalized.

9NEWS: What is your reaction to 10 years of recreational marijuana in Denver?

Duplechian: “It is a long time. It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed that quickly, and it’s hard to think back to what our mindset was back then, compared to where we are now. It is just part of Denver and Colorado life, and kind of normal for everybody.”


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