Medical marijuana hearing sets up fight on the senate floor

Yesterday morning, we previewed a senate committee hearing on House Bill 1284, which is intended to regulate the medical marijuana industry, with Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente maintaining that he's ready to push a ballot initiative if the final results are subpar from MMJ advocates' perspective.

The hearing wound up evolving into a marathon, lasting from 2 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. last night. But the amendments approved by the committee are mostly procedural, with the exception of a two-year residency requirement that Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation's Matt Brown sees as "fairly illegal."

That means battles over the most recent amendments floated by Senator Chris Romer, including any 21-and-under patient from being able to visit a dispensary, will likely take place on the senate floor. Here's Brown's take.

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