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May 8, 2011 6:15 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Garfield County may extend pot business moratorium

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Garfield County commissioners are
moving toward extending a moratorium on medical marijuana
businesses until May 2012 following a letter from U.S. Attorney
John Walsh to Colorado officials.

The letter last month affirmed federal prosecutors' willingness
to investigate those who grow or sell medical marijuana, even if
their activities are permitted under state laws. Colorado allows
limited growing, selling and possession of marijuana for medical
reasons, but the drug remains illegal under federal law.

Garfield County enacted a moratorium on marijuana businesses in
June 2010. The Post Independent reports county commissioners agreed
to extend it last week, and they are scheduled to approve a
resolution Monday formally extending it.

At least one marijuana dispensary is asking commissioners to
take more time to discuss the resolution first.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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