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November 27, 2010

Colorado working hard on medical marijuana regulations

This new article, headlined "Colorado grapples with effort to create the first state marijuana regulations," spotlights some of the challenges one state is facing in trying to develop rules for legal marijuana production and sales. Here are excerpts:

What's in that joint, and how can you be sure it's safe?

Colorado is working toward becoming the first state to regulate production of medical marijuana.  Regulators say that pot consumers deserve to know what they're smoking and that producers should have safety regulations such as pesticide limits for plants destined for human consumption.... Colorado officials are having a tough time writing regulations for a product that's never been scrutinized or safety-tested before.

New Mexico requires marijuana products to be labeled by strain and potency, and is planning by the end of the year to allow health inspectors to review samples.  But currently none of the 14 states that allow medical marijuana regulate how it's grown....

Colorado hopes to have in place by early next year some sort of labeling and inspection standard for marijuana sold commercially, under provisions of a new state law. But it's a daunting task.  Physicians, pot shop owners and state regulators all say standards are needed but guidelines don't exist.

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