Denver Braces for Recreational Marijuana Green Rush

Each red dot represents the location of a marijuana store that will open for recreation users after Jan. 1 in Colorado.

One hundred pot shops catering to recreational users are set to open in Denver on and around Jan. 1. Another 36 will be located around the state. In addition, 212 licenses have been granted for cultivation (178), product (31) and testing (3) facilities.

A total of 348 marijuana licenses have been issued in Colorado (270 in Denver) as the state complies with the legalization law passed by voters in 2012.

However, most of the shops will not be ready to do business right after the first of the year. Of the stores in Denver, just eight have received the proper local license.

Many Colorado cities, including the state's second-largest, Colorado Springs, have decided to wait and see how recreational marijuana sales do in other locales.

Here's the breakdown of which cities will have stores and how many in each:

Denver - 100
Breckenridge, Telluride, Northglenn - 3
Central City, Idaho Springs, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs - 2
Alma, Aspen, Bailey, Black Hawk, Carbondale, Dumont, Edgewater, Empire, Frisco, Fort Collins, Garden City, Georgetown, Leadville, Nederland, Silverthorne - 1

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.