Across from Pro-Pot Rally, House Rolls Out Rules
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Across from Pro-Pot Rally, House Rolls Out Rules
Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2010 at 04:36:33 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver, CO  -- As a cloud of skunky smoke wafted over a pro-marijuana rally across the street, lawmakers at the state Capitol on Tuesday battled over regulations for the medical- marijuana industry.The debate inside, where the full state House ultimately passed a bill to create rules for marijuana dispensaries, focused largely on the nuts and bolts of the new regulations: licensing requirements, tax policy and signage rules. The major changes the House made to the bill mostly rolled back concessions dispensary owners had won earlier in the legislative process.
Lawmakers restored language to the bill, House Bill 1284, that would let local governments or local voters ban dispensaries in their communities. They removed the ability for medical- marijuana patients to consume cannabis-infused products at dispensaries. And they toughened criminal background-check requirements to bar anyone ever convicted of a drug-related felony from operating a dispensary.At one point during the hours-long debate, a lawmaker argued against a proposal by saying it was unprecedented, to which Rep. Jack Pommer, D-Boulder, remarked: "We're essentially setting up street-corner marijuana shops. If the intent of this bill is not to break new ground, we've already gone beyond that."The bill still needs one more vote in the House before going to the Senate for debate. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: April 21, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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