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May 9, 2011 12:58 PM by Matt Stafford

MMJ bill still alive despite pressure from the Fed

Despite a letter from Denver's U.S. Attorney last week, Colorado legislators are still considering marijuana legislation. House Bill 1043 is in the Senate after passing the House. H.B. 1043 adjusts several regulations for the industry including care giver registry requirements. It's seen as a follow-up to H.B. 10-1284 that was passed during last year's legislature.

U.S. Attorney Walsh sent a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper, Attorney General John Suthers, and lawmakers saying that marijuana is still a Schedule I on the Controlled Substances Act, therefore federally illegal. Walsh says the Department of Justice won't be going after the "seriously ill," but they will go after and prosecute illegal growing and selling of marijuana. Walsh says that H.B. 1043 has several issues making it federally illegal.

News First 5 is speaking to people on both sides of this issue, we'll hear from them Monday evening on News First 5.

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