Updated: March 7, 2013 6:59PM
DENVER — Marijuana regulation is such a big job facing the Colorado Legislature that leaders have created a new committee to do nothing but work out laws for the newly legal drug.
A group of senators and House members were named Tuesday to take up the looming marijuana regulation bill. Because the ad-hoc committee included lawmakers from both chambers, it’ll be known as a “Joint Committee” — no pun intended.
The 10 lawmakers will debate how state-sanctioned marijuana should be grown, taxed and sold. The panel will also debate ways to prevent negative consequences of marijuana legalization, including ways to keep the drug from children.
A constitutional amendment approved by voters last year allows adults over 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana. It also directs the state to authorize retail sales.