Monday, May 3, 2010

Dems deny CO voters chance to weigh in on medical marijuana dispensaries

Majority Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a measure that would have given Colorado voters a voice in the medical marijuana debate.

"Citizens don't want the dispensaries and this would have given them a chance to have their voice heard," said Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, who introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 5.
There are over 1,000 marijuana dispensaries in Colorado that now exist in a legal gray area. They were not included in the 2000 law approved by voters that legalized medical marijuana. In fact, most dispensaries have been opened in the last year since the Obama administration said it would not crack down on people in compliance with state marijuana laws.

SCR 5 would have required individuals, or caregivers, provide medical marijuana to patients--effectively getting rid medical marijuana retail outlets and grow operations.

The measure was defeated on a 4 to 3 party-line vote.

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