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Colorado leaves police free to help with pot crackdown

By: The Associated Press
May 1, 2017 Updated: May 1, 2017 at 8:56 pm
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photo - FILE - This Jan. 26, 2013 file photo taken at a grow house in Denver shows marijuana plants ready to be harvested. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
FILE - This Jan. 26, 2013 file photo taken at a grow house in Denver shows marijuana plants ready to be harvested. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) 

DENVER — Colorado law enforcement officers are free to help in a potential federal marijuana crackdown.

That's after the state Senate rejected a bill to prohibit public employees from assisting federal agents in "arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right."

The Colorado bill was inspired by threats that federal authorities may try cracking down on the marijuana industry. Federal authorities generally rely on local law enforcement to enforce federal drug law. But senators called the bill confusing.

California lawmakers are considering a similar bill.

Colorado is also considering a measure to allow marijuana growers to reclassify recreational pot as medical pot, a gambit to avoid federal seizure of recreational pot plants.

That bill was approved by a House committee 9-4 Monday and awaits more votes.

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