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Committee kills bill to expand access to medical cannabis in Colorado

An effort to expand access to medical cannabis in Colorado met a swift end on Thursday, February 16, when lawmakers shut it down in its first committee hearing.

Senate Bill 81 sought to increase the amount of medical cannabis concentrate a patient can buy per day and allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis via virtual telehealth appointments for some patients, among other changes.

The Senate Health and Human Services unanimously voted to kill the bill without testimony or discussion upon the request from the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Kevin Van Winkle.

Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch, said he wasn’t able to reach an agreement with opponents that would have allowed the bill to move forward. He vowed to keep pursuing the issue.

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