Mar 4, 2010 11:05 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Medical marijuana bill up for vote

Lawmakers who want to regulate the state's growing medical marijuana industry are now willing to let dispensaries operate for profit. But they still want to make sure the state can keep tabs on where their pot is coming from.

The modified proposed regulations are up for their first vote at the Capitol on Thursday. They were worked out in negotiations with dispensaries and patient advocates over the last month but no one is completely satisfied with them.

Patient groups think the bill goes too far in limiting the rights of patients. They say a provision banning possession near schools could prevent people from using medical pot in their homes.

Law enforcement interests oppose the bill because they say it gives legitimacy to dispensaries.


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