Sean Azzariti, Iraq War Vet, is First to Purchase Legal Weed in Colorado

January 1, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran and activist, was the first person to buy legalized marijuana in Colorado on Wednesday.

In a pre-planned photo op, Azzariti–who has post-traumatic stress disorder–handed over $60 to an employee at 3D Cannabis Center for an eighth of an ounce of “Bubba Kush,” in addition to a truffle baked with weed.

“Today I was fortunate enough to be the first recreational cannabis purchase in the world,” Azzariti tweeted. “We did it!!”

Azarriti uses marijuana to alleviate his PTSD symptoms, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

He served two tours in Iraq in the U.S. Marine Corps.

 Betty Aldworth, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, told USA Today that pot sales in Colorado are expected to reach $400 million by the end of the year.

Extra tax revenue is going to go in part to public schools.

At least 21 stores are now open across the state selling marijuana. However, sales aren’t legal in all of the state’s counties; public pot smoking isn’t allowed; and buyers and users must be at least 21 years old.

While Colorado residents can purchase up to an ounce, people from out-of-state are limited to a quarter of an ounce.

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