Colorado committee backs medical marijuana bill |

Colorado committee backs medical marijuana bill

Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, center, testifies about medical marijuana before the Senate Health & Human Services Committee at the Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Romer sponsored a bill aimed at preventing doctors from issuing medical marijuana recommendations to recreational users. Senator Nancy Spence, R-Centennial, left, and Dr. Ned Calonge, right, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, listens after he testified. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

DENVER – A proposal aimed at preventing Colorado recreational users from getting medical marijuana cards is moving ahead at the Capitol despite the protests of many patients.On Wednesday a legislative committee backed requiring doctors to give medical marijuana patients a full exam and provide follow up care. The bill would also bar from setting up shop in dispensaries.A vote in the full Senate is expected Friday.Patients who rely on the Veterans Administration and federally-funded clinics say their doctors can’t recommend medical marijuana. They say paying for exams by other doctors will be too expensive.Senators voted to waive the $90 annual card fee for those who can’t afford it and will look at whether dispensaries could reimburse veterans for their doctor visits.

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