Marijuana activists and law enforcement officials sparred Thursday as the bell rang on the fight over medical-marijuana dispensary regulations at the state Capitol, The Denver Post reports. The first committee hearing on House Bill 1284 — which would require dispensaries to be licensed by both state and local governments and is the more controversial of the two medical-marijuana bills at the Capitol — stretched into the evening. Lawmakers said late Thursday that they would not vote on the measure until another date.
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The Durango Herald: A bill to legalize and regulate medical marijuana shops began its voyage through the Legislature on Thursday as scores of patients turned out to testify. The House Judiciary Committee listened to their stories but did not take a vote on House Bill 1284 Thursday night. The bill remains a work in progress, as the sponsor put forward a top-to-bottom rewrite of the bill that was released to the public last month.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Nearly 100 people spoke to the House Judiciary Committee either to support or oppose a measure that would dramatically limit the number of patients who can be served by the hundreds of dispensaries that have opened in recent months. Because of the volume of people who wanted to be heard on House Bill 1284, committee chairwoman Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, said proposed changes to the measure and a final vote on it would occur another day. She didn’t say when that would happen.
Westword: Nearly one-hundred medical marijuana demonstrators, smokers, passers-by and media members were at the steps of the Capitol today for a protest against Senate Bill 1284, which was being discussed inside the state house. Before the speakers got going, DJ Freddy, a local DJ with the Hustlin’ Flow Music Group crew, spun beats and flows about smoking “super silver haze” while a few people sat down to burn one on the granite steps. Behind them, school children touring the capitol peered out the glass front doors and pointed at people.