Move over Amsterdam! Colorado began accepting applications for recreational pot shops yesterday.

The applications were accepted by appointment only, which kept overcrowding in check. A far cry from the chaos in 2010 when swarming medical marijuana license seekers crowded the offices.

The Denver Post reported that the first applicants arrived at the Marijuana Enforcement Division's offices south of downtown Denver shortly before 9am, carrying heavy boxes and bulging binders. Just after 9, Andy Williams, the owner of the Medicine Man medical-marijuana dispensary, stepped into an office conference room to become one of the first to submit an application.

"We're excited," he said. "Some folks are afraid to be first, but we welcome it."

All available appointment for yesterday and today have been booked, but more days should be announced soon. Keep on mind that until July 2014, only businesspeople who own medical-marijuana dispensaries can apply to open a recreational store.

Businesses whose applications are accepted in October will receive a decision by Jan. 1, 2014, which is also the first day recreational marijuana stores can open in Colorado.

Hello, American pot-tourism!

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