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All This Bill Does Is Grant A License For Them To Exist.

DENVER Colorado lawmakers quest to medical marijuana navigate the realities of legalized marijuana opened a new chapter Tuesday at the Capitol. Senate Bill 63, which would allow clubs where recreational marijuana could be purchased and consumed, was heard by the Senate Business, Technology and Labor Committee on Tuesday. After lengthy public testimony, it was laid over until Wednesday for amendments and a final vote. Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins and sponsor of SB 63, said the bill attempts to cut down on illegitimate underground clubs and provide outlets for a growing pot tourism industry that leaves visitors at risk of violating the law by smoking in public. We have people coming to Colorado on vacation with the possibility of leaving on probation because we have not provided for them a place to legally ingest or smoke the product that we have deemed legal, Marble said. The bill is intended to allow local municipalities to decide what the requirements are for a license to operate a club, she said. All authority of rule making and regulation goes to the municipalities and its all local control. All this bill does is grant a license for them to exist. The bill was the subject of more than two and a half hours of public testimony, during which opponents brought up issues regarding the health effects from being in smoke-filled environments and the conflict between the bill and the Colorado Indoor Clean Air Act, which prohibits smoking in most indoor public spaces. R.J. Ours, Colorado government relations director for the American Cancer Society, said research on the effects of marijuana smoke on lung function suggests it is as damaging as tobacco smoke.

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