Colorado

Jan 27, 2010 11:12 AM by Associated Press

Medical marijuana bill up for hearing at Capitol

The first attempt to try to regulate Colorado's medical marijuana industry is up for its first vote at the state Capitol.

A big crowd is expected for Wednesday's hearing before the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. The committee will consider a bill aimed at preventing doctors from issuing medical marijuana recommendations to recreational users.

Under the proposal, doctors would have to give medical marijuana patients a physical exam and provide follow up care. Those under 21 would need to get the approval of two doctors.

Medical marijuana advocates are divided on Sen. Chris Romer's proposal. Some dispensaries want clear regulations that they can plan their businesses around. But others fear that requiring follow
up visits could cost patients hundreds of extra dollars a year.

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