At the Medicine Man retail pot shop in Denver's Montbello neighborhood, the line stretched around the building, past a food truck selling breakfast burritos and into the employee parking lot.
Reporters from French television, CNN, the High Times and local news stations crammed into the lobby. The store was ready at 8 a.m. with six cash registers and seven private armed security guards — not because anyone anticipated trouble, but just to be safe.
"Good morning," said owner Andy Williams, wearing a blue suit and an earpiece wired to other staff members. "Happy Independence Day."
One thing was higher before the doors even opened: prices.
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