Colorado's first-ever recreational marijuana sales began on Jan. 1, 2014. And that's amazing. In perhaps the most fitting twist of all, it turns out that exactly 420 days elapsed between Nov. 6, 2012, the date Colorado citizens voted to legalize marijuana with the passage of Amendment 64, and the date of the first sale.
Counting Nov. 7 as day one of the post-prohibition world, here's our math.
The number "420" is significant in pot culture and is celebrated annually on April 20 (4/20) by marijuana enthusiasts around the world; its origin, however, has been debated for decades. The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim wrote a detailed account of the word's roots connected to a group of men known as the "Waldos".
Colorado became the first state in the nation, and the first government in the world, to control and regulate a legal marijuana industry with its new marijuana laws. Washington state voters also approved of legal weed back in 2012, but state dispensaries aren't expected to open until later in the year. A slew of other states are also considering legalizing marijuana as soon as this year, and popular support for legalization in the U.S. at an all-time high, legal pot appears poised for tremendous growth.