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Many stores in Colorado were marking the first official "Green Friday" after the state legalized recreational marijuana. Retailers like Denver's Grass Station were employing traditional Black Friday tactics in the hope that sales will attract large crowds. "There's no question that there are going to be people here excited," said Ryan Fox, owner of the store that was offering early birds 80 percent off marijuana on Friday. "It's a great opportunity for us to have a big weekend."

Evergreen Apothecary, another weed-selling store in the city, was giving 15 percent off to anyone who mentions "Green Friday." Owner Time Cullen said: "We're going to offer deals like every other retailer and try to bring people to the door." But not everyone is happy. "Dumping high levels of THC into pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes, hot chocolate and marshmallows, it is just perpetuating this false myth that marijuana is not dangerous," said Diane Carlson, co-founder of Smart Colorado, a citizen-led nonprofit that advocates for the state's youth.


— Hallie Jackson