DENVER — A Colorado loophole that allows people to grow hundreds of pot plants without going through background checks is likely to stay — for now.

Lawmakers are unlikely to consider background check legislation for caregivers, people authorized to grow pot on behalf of sick people.

That's despite a January request to close the loophole from the heads of two agencies that oversee medical and recreational pot.

Legislative leaders say they are unlikely to consider a caregiver bill at this point in the legislative term because caregivers and patients have not been consulted.

Colorado has about 5,000 registered caregivers who grow marijuana — each on behalf of up to five people. Some caregivers are authorized to grow hundreds of plants because their clients have doctor permission to have more plants.