Lawmakers skeptical of Colo. pot legalization

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado marijuana legalization measure got a skeptical review from a legislative panel that warns of possible legal challenges if the measure passes.

The panel crafting the so-called "blue book" that explains November ballot measures to voters added a disclaimer Wednesday explaining that legalizing marijuana wouldn't automatically produce a windfall from a new tax on marijuana. That's because legislators would have to refer it to voters for approval.

Lawmakers say that poses constitutional conflicts that may result in legal challenges.

Lawmakers also struck some of the suggested benefits from legalizing marijuana that supporters wanted voters to read.

The panel cannot change ballot language already approved, but they can change how proposals are described to voters.

Lawmakers made minor changes to describe questions regarding campaign finance limits and a personnel system overhaul.

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  • by Luke Location: GJ on Sep 5, 2012 at 09:27 PM
    How is one noxious weed different from another? By how much money can be made from it.
  • by Aspen on Sep 5, 2012 at 09:21 PM
    It's not the legislative panels decision to make. It's the voters that will make the decision. I for one am tired of my tax dollars being used to villanize a weed.
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