Medical marijuana law languishes in Legislature

The bill is seen as the boldest bid yet by a US marijuana state to avoid federal intervention in its pot market. The data is gleaned from their driver's licenses, passports or whatever other form of ID they present at the door to prove they're at least 21 as required by law.

The legislation would allow a one-time transfer prompted by a change in law or a shift in federal enforcement policy and drew no debate as it won final approval in the state Senate on a 28-7 vote Wednesday.

With the shadow of a possible federal crackdown on retail marijuana looming, Colorado lawmakers are taking steps to try to protect the state's pot businesses by letting them re-classify as medical weed purveyors if the need arises. You have now viewed your allowance of free articles.

But the drug remains illegal at the federal level, and President Donald Trump's administration has said it may ramp up enforcement of federal laws against its use.

The measure that passed 53-5 now heads to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who is expected to sign it into law. In February, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told journalists that federal anti-marijuana laws might be increased. Trump, however, has previously suggested the marijuana issue should be up to the states. Washington state has self-imposed industry standards to the same effect. A few weeks after that, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that marijuana is "only slightly less awful" than heroin according to several national news media outlets.

  • Joanne Flowers