Colo. committee backs medical marijuana bill

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DENVER (AP) - The first attempt to regulate Colorado's medical marijuana industry has passed its first test at the capitol.

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee voted 6-1 Wednesday to back a bill aimed at preventing doctors from issuing medical marijuana recommendations to recreational users.

Doctors would have to give medical marijuana patients a full exam and provide follow-up care. Backers also wanted patients between 18 and 21 to get a second opinion, but the committee rejected that proposal.

Most of the approximately 150 people at the hearing opposed the bill, fearing it will make it more expensive to get marijuana.
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