May 4, 2010 9:24 AM by Associated Press
Colorado lawmakers have rejected a proposal to ask voters to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Senate Judiciary Committee killed the proposal from Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe of Greeley on Monday. His referendum sought to only allow actual individuals - not shops - to provide medical marijuana to patients.
Prosecutors and Attorney General John Suthers backed the proposal. They've been urging lawmakers not to regulate dispensaries, arguing that will legitimize an industry they say wasn't sanctioned under the medical marijuana law passed by voters in 2000.
The law does reference dispensing of the drug and backers say dispensaries help patients get the strains of marijuana they need.