Future Colo. pot shops, growers win flexibility

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DENVER (AP) -- Future recreational pot shops in Colorado have won a measure of flexibility. A legislative panel voted Monday to reject a plan to require marijuana shops to grow most of the weed they sell.

The vote came on the final day for the House-Senate committee assembled to regulate pot.

The committee decided that future recreational marijuana shops should be like liquor stores, which don't have to make the products they sell. Some wanted marijuana shops to act like current medical marijuana dispensaries, which are required to grow 70 percent of the marijuana they sell.

The debate has big consequences for Colorado's marijuana industry. If approved by the full Legislature, the proposal would allow people to specialize in just one aspect of the pot business, growing or distributing or retailing.

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