A.G. Says Ruling Doesn't Directly Affect State Medical Marijuana Program

Denver (AP) Colorado's medical marijuana program will not
change under a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says state programs don't shield people from federal prosecution. That's according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Thursday, but suthers said people in the program will be warned they could face federal prosecution.

The state health department runs the program and is trying to determine how best to warn the 676 people already approved for medicinal marijuana and the many others who are trying to register.

Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2000 that allows people with certain medical conditions to use and grow marijuana with a doctor's approval.

Nine other states have similar programs. In a ruling June 6th in a case from California, the U.S. Supreme Court said people who can legally use marijuana for medicinal purposes under state laws can still be prosecuted under federal drug laws.

The ruling did not overturn state laws.

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