Proposal would ban Colorado pot dispensaries |

Proposal would ban Colorado pot dispensaries

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DENVER – As Colorado lawmakers try to figure how to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, others are pushing to ban them.

A referendum proposed by some Republican lawmakers would require that only actual people – not shops – be able to provide medical marijuana to patients. Those caregivers would also have to help patients with the daily necessities of life.

The proposal is up for its first hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.

Prosecutors and Attorney General John Suthers have been urging lawmakers not to regulate dispensaries, arguing it will legitimize an industry that they say wasn’t sanctioned under the medical marijuana law passed by voters in 2000. Backers of Amendment 20 say the law does reference dispensing of the drug.

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