AG: Colorado may need to regulate medical marijuana |

AG: Colorado may need to regulate medical marijuana

Jordan Steffen
The Denver Post
Summit Daily/Mark FoxTawnya Pogue, a partner with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, checks on plants at the marijuana dispensary in Frisco last month

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says that if an Obama administration plan not to arrest medical-marijuana users and suppliers is going to work, state lawmakers need to regulate the industry.

But drawing up rules for how medical marijuana is grown and distributed likely will not be a top priority when the legislature reconvenes in January.

“The people of Colorado have clearly spoken on this issue and have decided that medicinal uses of marijuana are appropriate and legal in Colorado,” said House Speaker Terrance Carroll, D-Denver. “When the legislature reconvenes in January, I will be asking the House to keep our focus on bolstering the economy, creating jobs and balancing the budget.”

Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an advisory to prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical-marijuana users and suppliers who follow state laws.

“The U.S. attorney general’s new medical-marijuana policy relies on the faulty assumption that Colorado has clearly defined laws on medical marijuana. In fact, it does not,” Suthers said in his statement.

Colorado is one of 14 states that allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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