(KUSA) Denver began issuing retail marijuana licenses to businesses on Friday.
The Department of Excise and Licenses issued the first licenses at 8 a.m. in a government step that clears the way for marijuana stores to open Jan. 1.
Denver is one of 19 municipalities and seven counties that will allow retail sales of pot to those 21 and older under voter approved Amendment 64.
Denver officials say 42 businesses have cleared the state and city legal hurdles to open New Year's Day.
Of those businesses, eight are retail shops, 30 are growers and four are infused product manufacturers.
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