May 2, 2011 9:01 PM by Gene Cotton
DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are reducing the permitted size of medical marijuana growing operations following a federal warning that it's still a violation of federal law to grow and possess marijuana.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that changes rules for how the drug can be grown and sold. Changes included the number of plants that can be grown and cutting back on laws banning industry employees from having felony records.
Last week, the top federal prosecutor in Colorado sent a letter to legislators saying pot regulations could put growers at risk of federal prosecution.
Lawmakers from both parties have said they intend to move ahead with this year's bill, which addresses who can work at dispensaries and changes other regulations. The bill was up for review before the federal warning.