Sep 5, 2012 3:20 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Lawmakers skeptical of Colorado pot legalization

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado marijuana legalization measure got a skeptical review from a legislative panel that warns of possible legal challenges if the measure passes.

The panel crafting the so-called "blue book" that explains November ballot measures to voters added a disclaimer Wednesday explaining that legalizing marijuana wouldn't automatically produce a windfall from a new tax on marijuana. That's because legislators would have to refer it to voters for approval.

Lawmakers say that poses constitutional conflicts that may result in legal challenges.

Lawmakers also struck some of the suggested benefits from legalizing marijuana that supporters wanted voters to read.

The panel cannot change ballot language already approved, but they can change how proposals are described to voters.

Lawmakers made minor changes to describe questions regarding campaign finance limits and a personnel system overhaul.


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