Colo. marijuana law fraught with legal issues

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Colorado’s new medical marijuana law hasn’t even gone into effect and police, attorneys and lawmakers are already identifying dozens of problems that could hamper regulation and enforcement.

Authorities say it’s hard to investigate compliance, the correct dosages are unknown and it’s difficult to locate potentially dangerous growing operations. They also say the fact that the drug is still illegal under federal law raises questions for banks who accept money from marijuana businesses.

Republican state Rep. Tom Massey sponsored the new law that goes into effect July 1. He says it may take several years for lawmakers and the courts to sort out the problems.

Associated Press