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Gazette Premium Content Pot and child endangerment bills fail in Colorado

The Associated Press Published: April 29, 2014

DENVER — A Colorado effort to update child-endangerment drug statutes to account for legal marijuana failed Tuesday night.

The Senate approved, but then rejected two bills that sought to protect parents who use or grow marijuana from child-endangerment prohibitions on having pot in a home where a child resides.

The bills would have instructed child-protection agencies and law enforcement that the presence of drugs and alcohol in a home don't constitute child endangerment unless they pose a risk to a child's health and welfare. But lawmakers from both parties took issue with the bills, arguing they didn't clarify confusing guidelines on when marijuana or other drugs endanger children.

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