Monday, May 3, 2010

Republican Lawmakers Propose Banning Pot Dispensaries

DENVER -- As Colorado lawmakers try to figure how to regulate medical
marijuana dispensaries, others are pushing to ban them.

A referendum proposed by some Republican lawmakers would require that
only actual people -- not shops -- be able to provide medical marijuana
to patients. Those caregivers would also have to help patients with the
daily necessities of life.

The proposal is up for its first hearing before the Senate Judiciary
Committee Monday.

Prosecutors and Attorney General John Suthers have been urging lawmakers
not to regulate dispensaries, arguing it will legitimize an industry
that they say wasn't sanctioned under the medical marijuana law passed
by voters in 2000. Backers of Amendment 20 say the law does reference
dispensing of the drug.

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