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Colorado’s top doctor backs pot restrictions

Associated Press Writer

DENVE, Colorado – Colorado’s chief medical officer said Monday the state’s medical marijuana program will “continue to grow out of control” unless more restrictive rules are adopted.

Dr. Ned Calonge testified before the state health board in support of proposed new rules that would limit marijuana providers to five patients each.

Currently, a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution allows designated caregivers to grow marijuana for an unlimited number of patients.

Calonge, chief medical officer for the state health department, said those rules are creating confusion and the program is susceptible to fraud. He said large-scale marijuana growers busted by police are claiming to be medical marijuana suppliers.

Calonge also said one doctor recommended that 200 people get medical marijuana cards in one day. The cards allow patients to grow their own marijuana or get it from a designated caregiver.

Opponents say the limits would make it harder for patients to get medical marijuana.

More than 300 people attended the hearing, and the vast majority opposed the rules.

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