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May 7, 2011 4:05 PM by Matt Stafford

Pressure from Fed has one county continuing to say "no" to marijuana businesses

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Garfield County commissioners are moving toward extending a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses until May 2012 following a letter from U.S. Attorney John Walsh to Colorado officials.

The letter last month affirmed federal prosecutors' willingness to investigate those who grow or sell medical marijuana, even if their activities are permitted under state laws. Colorado allows limited growing, selling and possession of marijuana for medical reasons, but the drug remains illegal under federal law.

Garfield County enacted a moratorium on marijuana businesses in June 2010. The Post Independent reports county commissioners agreed to extend it this week, and they are scheduled to approve a resolution Monday formally extending it.

At least one marijuana dispensary is asking commissioners to take more time to discuss the resolution first.

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