Colorado House endorses bill to protect pot industry

The bill would allow recreational pot growers and retailers to reclassify their product as medical marijuana if federal marijuana policy changes.

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Marijuana hangs to cure at Verde Natural's Northeast Park Hill grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Colorado’s House has endorsed a bill to allow recreational pot growers and retailers to reclassify their product as medical marijuana if federal marijuana policy changes.

The House voted 58-5 on Wednesday for the bill. It requires another formal vote before it’s sent back to the Senate, which passed a different version of the measure.

The bipartisan bill would let Colorado’s approximately 500 licensed recreational pot growers to instantly reclassify their weed. It says a switch could happen “based on a business need due to a change in local, state of federal law or enforcement policy.”

The Trump administration has given mixed signals on its plans for states that don’t enforce federal drug law.

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