Posted: Nov 9, 2009 7:03 AM by Associated Press
Republican state Sen. Al White of Hayden says he will introduce a bill to regulate Colorado's medical marijuana industry -- by cutting out individual distributors and creating a state monopoly.
White says the state's failure to regulate the industry has raised concerns that illicit drug cartels are using local dispensaries as quasi-legal outlets for black market marijuana. White says there are also concerns that people who don't need it for health reasons are getting it.
Colorado voters approved medical marijuana use in 2000 but it is up to local governments to set regulations for dispensaries.