Medical marijuana bill "regresses," says advocate Matt Brown -- but no need for "hysteria"

As Denver's annual 4/20 pot bacchanal was taking place at Civic Center Park yesterday, members of the Colorado House were once again amending House Bill 1284, a measure designed to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry.

Matt Brown, frontman for Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation, isn't sure if one event influenced the other. But even he acknowledges that the bill that emerged by day's end "regresses" in some respects from the previous version.

Not that he's ready to throw himself into traffic. Indeed, he's dedicated to "defeating some of the hysteria that isn't grounded in fact" that's being propagated by other MMJ advocates, some of whom accuse him of ignoring the problems of small dispensaries while boosting big ones.

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