Marijuana Changes Advance In Colorado Legislature

May 5, 2014 11:14 PM

Marijuana Changes Advance In Colorado Legislature
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers neared agreement Monday on a series of marijuana spending and regulation plans, all modest proposals compared with last year’s splashy set of pot bills to regulate the state’s new industry.

Legislators finished work on legislation to adjust possession limits on concentrated marijuana such as hash, along with a bill to spend $10 million in excess medical marijuana fees to study the health effects of the drug.

Without debate, the House voted 60-5 Monday in favor of allowing the Health Department to spend excess fee collections on grants to study marijuana. Colorado would still need federal approval for medical-marijuana-related research at state colleges.

A spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper said after the vote that the governor planned to approve the move.

Lawmakers also sent the governor a bill to cap possession limits for concentrated marijuana such as hash. Currently, Colorado allows people over 21 to have an ounce of marijuana, in any form. The bill directs marijuana regulators to set an “equivalency” standard of how much concentrated pot can be made from an ounce of marijuana flower.

Three more bills related to marijuana neared approval Monday with little debate "

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