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Sep 10, 2012 11:03 AM by Matt Stafford

Legal challenge for Colorado pot legalization measure

DENVER (AP) - Supporters of a measure that would legalize marijuana in Colorado are mounting a legal challenge over editing by a state panel to a voter guide.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said Monday it has filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court after a state panel edited some of the comments, saying they could cause legal problems.

The panel added a disclaimer last week saying legalizing marijuana wouldn't automatically produce a windfall from a new tax on marijuana because legislators would have to refer it to voters for approval.

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.

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