They Argued That The Limits Wont Hurt Criminal Drug Operations, Which Could Simply Grow Their Plants In Areas That Arent Zoned Residential. /> But the lack of a statewide limit makes it difficult for police to distinguish between legitimate patients and fronts for black-market weed, bill supporters argued Friday. The time has come for us to give law enforcement the guidance they need, said Rep. Cole Wist, a Centennial Republican and another bill sponsor. Marijuana patients have been flooding lawmakers with complaints about the bill, which was introduced just last week. The first hearing on the measure lasted until near midnight. Lawmakers softened the bill by raising its original limit from 12 plants to 16 plants, and by saying that patients caught with too much pot in the House would face a petty offense, and felony charges only later. But those changes werent enough for some Democrats, who argued in vain that it shouldnt be a felony until the third offense to have too much pot in the home. They argued that the limits wont hurt criminal drug operations, which could simply grow their plants in areas that arent zoned residential. A lot of patients are on fixed incomes.

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