Two more marijuana initiatives filed

By John Ingold
The Denver Post

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Supporters of looser marijuana laws in Colorado have filed two more proposed initiatives aiming for the November ballot.

The two new initiatives — one that would legalize marijuana possession for any purpose and one that would expand the types of conditions for which a person can receive medical marijuana — add to a list of three initiatives already filed. One of those previously filed initiatives would legalize limited marijuana possession and has already qualified for the ballot. The other two are still seeking the needed language-approvals or signatures.

Ofthe newly filed initiatives , one — now known asProposed Initiative No. 70 — would make it a constitutional right to possess up to four ounces of marijuana for people 21 and older. The initiative would also allow for marijuana to be sold in stores that are regulated like tobacco businesses.

The other new initiative,Proposed Initiative No. 65 , would give doctors discretion to recommend marijuana for any medical condition. Currently, a doctor must diagnose a patient with one of eight medical conditions in order for the patient to qualify for medical marijuana. A valid doctor’s recommendation is all that is needed under state law to be able to use medical marijuana legally.

Those new initiatives join an already crowded field of marijuana measures vying for attention.

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