Lawmaker proposes Colorado support medical marijuana growers in federal cases
The Denver Post
If federal authorities in the future prosecute Colorado’s medical cannibis growers and wholesalers, the state could pay to defend them in court under a provision unveiled Sunday by state Sen. Chris Romer at a Denver medical-marijuana health fair.
Romer, a Denver Democrat who is proposing legislation to regulate the budding industry, wants to use a database to track growers and their plants for health safety and law-enforcement purposes.
But growers have operated for decades under the radar and need assurances before divulging identifying information that could later be used against them, Romer said.
“If they come in as licensed growers according to our rules, absolutely we should defend them,” Romer said to a crowd of dozens gathered to pose questions about his legislation. “They did what we told them to do, and we should defend our citizens from the federal government.”
The planned addition to his legislation raises the spectre of costly legal bills for the state.
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