The state Senate on Wednesday gave the first of two necessary approvals to a bill regulating medical-marijuana dispensaries, putting the measure on the closing stretch to passage, The Denver Post reports.
The second approval could come as early as today. With only minimal differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill, Colorado’s new rules for its booming medical-marijuana industry are coming into sharp focus.
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The Durango Herald: A medical marijuana bill survived its last major test in the state Senate on Wednesday, bringing marijuana dispensaries closer to legal recognition and regulation. Many medical marijuana advocates still oppose House Bill 1284, which sets up a tight system of state and local licenses for businesses that sell medical marijuana. “It’s definitely very heavy on regulation and law enforcement to start, but I think that’s what’s needed,” said the sponsor, Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver.