Colorado

May 5, 2010 3:55 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Pot dispensary rules up for vote in Colorado Senate

Backers of regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries are trying to fend off last-minute changes they say could unravel the proposal.

The state Senate debated the legislation Wednesday and was expected to take an initial vote later in the day.

The bill would allow local voters or governments to ban dispensaries. It also requires that dispensaries grow 70 percent of the marijuana they sell, a provision aimed at keeping tabs on the drug. Some senators want to remove those parts and to allow cities and counties to set hours for dispensaries.

Democratic Sen. Chris Romer says that if lawmakers go down the "hippy dippy path," the regulation bill will be defeated.

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