New Year’s Day, 2019, marks the five-year anniversary of the first legal, recreational cannabis sales in Colorado.

The first person to make that historic purchase, and the first of its kind in the nation, was a Marine Corps veteran and cannabis activist named Sean Azzariti.

Surrounded by local, national, and international media, Azzariti purchased about $60 worth of flower and infused chocolate truffles at a Denver dispensary early on New Year’s Day 2014.

“I still have the entire first purchase,” says Azzariti. “I tried to give it to a few local museums shortly after, and they promptly turned me down, citing federal prohibition. I’m hoping in the next few years that will change and I can give it to a museum to display.” 

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