With just a few weeks remaining in the session, Colorado lawmakers are hoping to wind down what’s been a lengthy and contentious debate over how to regulate the booming medical marijuana industry. Yesterday the public got what could be one of the last chances to weigh in on House Bill 1284. It would require dispensary owners to pay hefty licensing fees, undergo criminal background checks and grow most of the pot they sell. That could lead to the closure of many dispensaries, and medical marijuana patients worry that will make it harder to get the drugs they need. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland and KUNC’s Kirk Siegler have more.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Comments are closed.

News

Getty Images
December 9, 2016 | NPR · Everywhere we looked in the news this week — in prisons, politics, online, we found strains of racism. It even shows up from beyond the grave.
 

AP
December 9, 2016 | NPR · The short-term funding bill, expected to pass the Senate Friday, would keep the federal government running until late April. Coal-state Democrats had been protesting provisions that affected miners.
 

AP
December 9, 2016 | NPR · “It is my duty and my privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president elect of Ghana,” election commissioner Charlotte Osei said at a news conference.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
December 9, 2016 | NPR · Denmark’s Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film is Land of Mine, a movie about German boys disarming landmines left behind after World War II.
 

December 9, 2016 | NPR · President-elect Donald Trump will retain a credit as executive producer of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice. The new season, with new “boss” Arnold Schwarzenegger, premieres January 2. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says no one but Trump knows how involved he will be, but the news seems to contradict NBC’s past assertion that it has severed business ties with Trump.
 

December 9, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro talk with Deadspin columnist Drew Magary about his hater’s guide to the Williams-Sonoma catalog.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
December 9, 2016 | NPR · The Grammy-winning saxophonist plays Duke Ellington standards with host Marian McPartland in a 1994 session.
 

Youth Radio
December 9, 2016 | YouthRadio · One week ago, a fire ripped through an Oakland warehouse that was being used as a music venue and artist community. Hear the music of four up-and-coming electronic artists who died in that fire.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 9, 2016 | NPR · While he was working on Atlanta, Donald Glover was also gathering musicians for soul jam sessions. “Awaken, My Love!” is an album of ’70s throwback sounds that feels thrillingly alive.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab