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Oct 18, 2012 8:06 PM by Joe Bevans

Colorado pastors say pot needs prescription

DENVER (AP) - Some Colorado pastors are urging people to vote against making marijuana legal without a doctor's recommendation. About 10 pastors spoke out Wednesday against the Colorado ballot proposal. If approved, it would allow adults over 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Oregon and Washington have similar proposals before voters next month. Colorado's legalization supporters responded by releasing a list of clergy members who support legalizing the drug and ending criminal penalties for its use. Those ministers argued that religious leaders and parents should guide decisions about marijuana, not the law. The anti-pot ministers cited Colorado's 12 years of experience as a medical marijuana state. They said that ministers currently deal with negative effects of marijuana abuse by unlicensed users, including children.

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