State legislature creates special 'joint committee' for marijuana regulation

DENVER - Marijuana regulation is such a big job facing the Colorado Legislature that leaders have created a new committee to do nothing but work out laws for the newly legal drug.

A group of senators and House members were named Tuesday to take up the looming marijuana regulation bill. Because the ad-hoc committee included lawmakers from both chambers, it'll be known as a "Joint Committee" -- no pun intended.

The 10 lawmakers will debate how state-sanctioned marijuana should be grown, taxed and sold. The panel will also debate ways to prevent negative consequences of marijuana legalization, including ways to keep the drug from children.

A constitutional amendment approved by voters last year allows adults over 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana. It also directs the state to authorize retail sales.

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