"What a long, strange trip it's been," state senator Chris Romer said earlier this week, as he contemplated the full Senate hearing of House Bill 1284, which will formalize the medical marijuana dispensary system in this state.
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And after a few detours to add more amendments, the long, strange trip has reached something of a destination: The Senate just passed the bill -- but not before a few lawmakers continued to carp about its flaws.
The best line, though, came from Republican Nancy Spence, who co-sponsored the measure with Romer. "I asked about my role," she said, and Romer told her, "If the drug cartel takes me out, will you still be there to carry the bill to its third reading?"