DENVER - Colorado companies began to receive word Friday that licenses are being approved for the sale and growing of marijuana for recreational use.
"We have a license number, so I take it that means we have a license," said Andy Williams, who owns the Medicine Man marijuana company in Denver.
Williams tells 9NEWS he learned of the fact that he had a license number in a conversation with the vendor supplying RFID tags for the state's new system to track all of the legal marijuana grown and sold in Colorado.
State revenue officials could not tell 9NEWS whether the assignment of a number indicated a processed application, or whether any applications have in fact been approved yet.
"We are not releasing how many licenses have been approved until next week," said Daria Serna, a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue.
Serna did confirm that no physical licenses have been mailed out to pot businesses as of Friday.
The Department of Revenue plans to announce how many licenses have been approved Monday.
Pot advocates tell 9NEWS several medical marijuana businesses have completed all of the necessary inspections and hearings to obtain licenses. Only existing medical marijuana will be approved for licenses for January.
The state says it has accepted 423 license applications to review.
Not all of those are marijuana retail locations, the applications include licenses that are required to grow pot and manufacture products containing the drug.
Officials in Denver have expressed concerns that not enough stores will be licensed to meet the demand when legal sales of pot begin to people over 21 at 8 a.m. on Jan. 1.
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