JOHNSTOWN, NY - AUGUST 19: Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health's medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. New York state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014 and the law took effect in January 2016. Currently, five organizations are allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state. New York's new law only allows people with 'severe debilitating or life threatening conditions' to obtain marijuana for medical use. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's Senate has passed a bill to allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify recreational weed as medical marijuana in the event of a federal crackdown.
The bill is seen as the boldest bid yet by a U.S. marijuana state to avoid federal intervention in its pot market.
Colorado's Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill Wednesday and sent it to the Democrat-led House.
Skeptics say nothing guarantees that reclassifying pot as medicine would stop federal action.
Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and the Trump administration has given mixed signals on its policy toward U.S. marijuana states.
Colorado voters first authorized medical marijuana in 2000, and the state began recreational pot sales in 2014.
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