AG: Ruling means state users of medical pot can be charged

June 30, 2005

, Denver Post

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that the federal government can prosecute people for medical use of marijuana doesn't snuff out Colorado's medical registry for the drug.

People who have state permission to use the drug, however, should know they could still face federal charges, the state attorney general said.

The state health department, which oversees the medical marijuana registry, is composing a warning to let people who apply for the registry know that, said spokeswoman Cindy Parmenter.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities can prosecute people for use and possession of marijuana, even if the state they live in has allowed them to use it for medical purposes.

The state health department asked Attorney General John Suthers for an opinion on whether the state program would be affected.

Suthers' office released his findings Thursday.

In 2000, state voters approved the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for people with certain debilitating conditions.

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