Colorado Senate OKs bill aimed at avoiding pot crackdown

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The Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday to expand Iowa's existing medical marijuana program, which allows use of cannabis oil for some people with epilepsy.

OR state lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would shield the names, birthdates and other identifying information of marijuana users from being accessed by federal drug agents amid worries of heightened enforcement.

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While it's unlikely that the state or local laws will change, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions - an outspoken critic of the drug - recently said the Department of Justice would be reviewing its approach to marijuana enforcement to make sure it is in line with the Trump administrations views on crime.

The bill has already passed the House and awaits the signature of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Pres. Donald Trump has been quoted as saying the issue should be left to the states.

Republican Sen. Tim Neville, a sponsor of the bill, has said recreational pot businesses need to have the option of converting their goods into medicinal pot to stay in business.

Nonetheless, a federal crackdown could be problematic for states like OR where recreational and medical pot industries are closely linked.

Colorado's strategy is one of the most direct responses to the new administration's stance on weed, but other states where marijuana is legal are taking similar steps to protect their dispensaries and consumers.

"It's pretty clear the (marijuana) prohibition has not worked", Blumenauer told the Associated Press.