Colorado Slows Medical Marijuana Crackdown

COLORADO: Colorado appears to be giving up on its effort to crack down on medical marijuana growers who are using a legal loophole to grow high numbers of pot plants without the kind of oversight faced by commercial growers.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment said in a statement Monday that it was reviewing responses to letters it sent earlier this month to about 2,300 doctors who have recommended medical marijuana. The letters sought medical justification for recommending more than six plants to any patient.

Colorado’s state constitution allows medical marijuana patients up to six plants, though doctors can give permission for more plants. The constitution also allows patients to designate a “caregiver” to grow the pot on their behalf. Colorado has about 3,300 designated caregivers, registered under a model that wasn’t affected by the passage of recreational pot in 2012.