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KUSA - More than 130 retail marijuana shops will eventually be opening across the state of Colorado, but far fewer will likely be ready by January 1.

Last Monday, the Colorado Department of Revenue issued 136 licenses that allow existing dispensaries to open shops that sell marijuana to adults 21 and over.

In Northglenn, BotanaCare dispensary will soon have an offshoot: BotanaCare 21+.

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Owner Robin Hackett didn't find out she'd be licensed to turn her medical marijuana dispensary into a retail operation as well until Christmas Eve. Since then, work has been nearly non-stop.

"We think we're going to need maybe 2,000 joints for opening day," Hackett said.

Three of her employees have been hand-rolling marijuana joints for the last couple of days.

Others are weighing and sorting baggies with various sample strains of weed.

"We're all scrambling at this last minute," Hackett said.

She said although she wants to renovate much of her existing space to accommodate for the new retail shop, she will definitely be open on January 1. Much of the remodel will be ongoing.

"We're probably fielding 30 calls a day," Hackett said.

She said people want to know whether she will be open.

"We're very excited. We're at the forefront of changing the world. The world will be different from January 1 on," she remarked.

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