Hickenlooper approves sweeping changes to medical pot rules | SkyHiNews.com

Hickenlooper approves sweeping changes to medical pot rules

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law several changes to the nation’s most exhaustive medical pot regulations without comment.

The Democrat signed off on extending’s Colorado moratorium on new pot shops by a year, to the summer of 2012. The law also loosens restrictions on who may work in dispensaries, ending residency requirements for employees who don’t own the dispensaries.

Hickenlooper’s signing late Thursday came without comment or public notice. The governor has not responded to federal warnings sent by U.S. attorneys in Colorado and other marijuana states warning that states that implement pot regulations put state employees afoul of federal drug law.

Hickenlooper also signed into law new labeling requirements for edible marijuana and a ban on synthetic marijuana.

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