Colorado Senate expected to vote on medical marijuana bill
DENVER – Debate is expected in the Senate Friday on a bill aimed at preventing recreational marijuana users from getting permission to become legal users of the drug.
The measure (Senate Bill 109) would require doctors to give medical marijuana patients a full exam and provide follow-up care. The bill would also bar doctors from setting up shop in dispensaries.
People who are convicted of a crime would also lose their medical marijuana cards, which must be renewed annually.
Sen. Chris Romer says he believes that as many as a third of the current users would be unable to get their cards renewed under the proposed new rules.
At least 17,000 people have medical marijuana cards but another 20,000 or so have applied and are still waiting for approval.