Pot regulation heads to Colo. Capitol

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DENVER (AP) -- Marijuana legalization has prompted an enormous amount of debate in the four months since it was approved in Colorado, but the drug is just now coming before state lawmakers who will decide how it should be grown, sold and taxed.

A special committee of House and Senate members starts work Friday going over 165 pages of suggested pot rules from a task force of marijuana advocates and opponents who met over the past few months to debate regulation.

The task force recommended a 15 percent excise tax, plus an additional marijuana sales tax to be set by lawmakers. Voters will ultimately decide.

The task force also made recommendations on marijuana product safety and testing.

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