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Feb 3, 2010 11:28 PM by James Jarman

New Marijuana law proposed

A bill introduced at the state capitol this afternoon will try to get every dispensary in the state licensed.

If it passes it will create a "time out" - a moratorium on any new medical marijuana dispensaries until july 1st, 2011.

Also, the dispensaries would have to turn into non-profit health centers.

The state would license all marijuana providers who have more than 5 patients.

Cities would have the right to decide how many of the so-called "health centers" they want. they could ban them altogether.

Some in the medical marijuana industry say this could limit the care given to patients.  The bill's sponsors say it wouldn't.

In Colorado Springs, some city council members toured a local marijuana dispensary on Wednesday.

The group Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council organized the tour in an effort to work with the city and keep their industry transparent.

They think the proposed laws at the state level could drive patients underground, where they'll try to buy marijuana illegally on the streets.

On Monday Springs City Council will hear a proposal for local regulations.   Members of the Cannabis Council hope it will be a model the state can follow.

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