Here's What Happened to the First Person to Buy Legal Recreational Marijuana in the U.S.

Over the weekend media outlets reported that two military veterans will be the first people to purchase legal marijuana in Massachusetts tomorrow. But it turns out having a veteran become the first person to purchase legal marijuana was not their idea.

Back in 2014 when Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in America, the first person to legally purchase cannabis was also a military veteran. Sean Azzariti is a Marine Corps. veteran and marijuana advocate who was chosen as the first person to buy legal marijuana in Colorado, which also makes him the first American to buy legal marijuana.

Azzariti is a longtime marijuana advocate who understands how cannabis can help veterans suffering from PTSD and other conditions. He also still works in the cannabis industry today, managing a hydrocarbon extraction facility that makes wax, shatter, and concentrated marijuana oil. 

Azzariti says he didn't expect the media attention to be so intense (the picture above is when he made the historic purchase), and that for several weeks he received interview requests about becoming the first legal marijuana buyer. He says some interviews were good and others were bad, such as a Florida morning show that didn't know his background and assumed he was some major stoner who camped in line to be the first customer.

If you're wondering, Azzariti never used his history-making purchase. The 3.5 grams of Bubba Kush marijuana flower and a packet of pot-infused truffles and the white paper bag it was put in are still in his closet. He's tried to donate it to various museums, but unfortunately no one has taken him up on the offer.

(h/t Boston Globe)


Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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