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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014 file photo, marijuana store owner Toni Fox, right, greets customers who stand in a line numbering several hundred people, shortly after the opening of her 3D Cannabis Center, a recreational retail outlet in Denver. Colorado's new marijuana industry is in for a brand new element on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 competition. The state gave existing medical marijuana dispensaries and growers like Fox's a nine-month exclusive on the new recreational pot business, fearing an unmanageable explosion of new businesses. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014 file photo, marijuana store owner Toni Fox, right, greets customers who stand in a line numbering several hundred people, shortly after the opening of her 3D Cannabis Center, a recreational retail outlet in Denver. Colorado's new marijuana industry is in for a brand new element on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 competition. The state gave existing medical marijuana dispensaries and growers like Fox's a nine-month exclusive on the new recreational pot business, fearing an unmanageable explosion of new businesses. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

Colorado's pot market expanding, getting new competition for the 1st time

DENVER - Colorado's new marijuana industry is in for a brand new element Wednesday — competition.

The state gave medical marijuana dispensaries and growers a nine-month exclusive on the new recreational pot business, fearing an unmanageable explosion of new businesses.

The grandfathering period expires Wednesday, meaning pot shops and growers who weren't ...

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