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Colorado moves to guard against ganja crackdown

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:00 AM
In this 2014 file photograph, Matt Hart holds up a bud of Lemon Skunk, the most potent strain of marijuana available at the 3D Dispensary in Denver Colorado.


Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections.

A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs.

It's the boldest attempt yet by a US marijuana state to avoid federal intervention in its weed market.

The provision is getting a lot of attention in the marijuana industry following recent comments from members of President Donald Trump's administration which suggest that federal authorities could start seizing recreational pot.