Colorado

Jan 27, 2010 4:07 PM by Associated Press

Colorado committee backs medical marijuana bill

The first attempt to regulate Colorado's medical marijuana industry has passed its first test at the Capitol.

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee voted 6-1 Wednesday to back a bill aimed at preventing doctors from issuing medical marijuana recommendations to recreational users.

Doctors would have to give medical marijuana patients a full exam and provide follow up care. Backers also wanted patients between 18 and 21 to get a second opinion but the committee rejected that.

Most of the approximately 150 people at the hearing opposed the bill, fearing it will make it more expensive to get marijuana. Sen. Chris Romer is considering allowing veterans to get their medical expenses reimbursed by dispensaries since Veterans Administration doctors can't recommend medical marijuana.

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