Pot regulation due for round of votes in Colorado Legislature, but votes are only a suggestion

DENVER - Marijuana is up for a big round of votes Thursday in the Colorado Legislature. Votes are expected on everything from how the newly legal drug should be grown and sold to whether out-of-state visitors should be allowed to buy it.

However, the House-Senate ad-hoc committee looking at marijuana regulation is simply making a round of suggestions. A bill to regulate marijuana won't be introduced until next week.

The marijuana recommendations are still worth watching, expert say. They mark the first time state lawmakers have weighed in on how recreational pot should be taxed and regulated.

The recommendations cover everything from packaging and labeling to potency testing and advertising restrictions. Lawmakers will also weigh in on a 15 percent excise tax on pot, plus additional sales taxes.