Denver Lawmakers Pass Bill to Regulate Marijuana

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Denver lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday to regulate the marijuana market after voters approved its legalization last year.

Yet, child advocates in Colorado say the state's latest attempt to regulate marijuana doesn't go far enough to protect young people.

Supporters say the legislation will effectively control the drug and the governor plans to sign the bill into law, but advocates say the bills do nothing to limit potency or ban the sale of marijuana-laced cookies, candy and drinks.

"I understand that you want to make marijuana palatable for adults but I think there's a subjective line being crossed because these lollipops and sodas and cupcakes are very popular with kids," Dr. Christian Thurstone said.

Thurstone directs one of the state's largest substance abuse treatment clinics for youth. He said their marijuana referrals have doubled since last fall.

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