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Colorado pot sales flying high six months after legalization

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Potentially thousands of marijuana strains have come to market since it became legal to sell pot for recreational use. (Source: CNN) Potentially thousands of marijuana strains have come to market since it became legal to sell pot for recreational use. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - It's been six months since Colorado approved the sale of marijuana for recreational use, and business is booming.

One of the most popular strains of marijuana on the market right now is called strawberry diesel. The name relates to how it smells - a combination of strawberry fields and diesel gas.

It's popular because it's supposed to give the smoker a euphoric high that "feels like sunshine."

It's one of hundreds, potentially thousands, of marijuana strains that have come to market since it became legal to sell pot for recreational use.

One owner said he sees about 10,000 customers a month, and about 20 percent of his customers are from out of state.

Colorado State Patrol just started to keep track of marijuana-specific DUI citations. Month to month, pot-DUI's make up about 10-to-15 percent of all citations. Most citations are still given to those driving under the influence of alcohol.

But police are giving out a lot of tickets to people getting high in public. That's still against Colorado law.

More than 350 people have been cited in Denver alone this year. It's typically a $135 fine.

Another pot problem is marijuana edibles. Looks can be deceiving.

A marijuana-infused candy bar can be small but potent, with 100mg of THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. This is the equivalent of 10 servings or doses of marijuana.

There have been problems with people eating too much.

Overall, a lot of Coloradans think legalizing marijuana has been a good thing, especially when it comes to the tax money.

The state has collected more than $11 million in marijuana taxes.

Other states will continue to watch Colorado to see if this is the beginning of the end of pot prohibition.

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