Colorado House endorses bill to protect pot industry

The bill would allow recreational pot growers and retailers to reclassify their product as medical marijuana if federal marijuana policy changes.

Marijuana hangs to cure at Verde Natural's Northeast Park Hill grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Colorado’s House has endorsed a bill to allow recreational pot growers and retailers to reclassify their product as medical marijuana if federal marijuana policy changes.

The House voted 58-5 on Wednesday for the bill. It requires another formal vote before it’s sent back to the Senate, which passed a different version of the measure.

The bipartisan bill would let Colorado’s approximately 500 licensed recreational pot growers to instantly reclassify their weed. It says a switch could happen “based on a business need due to a change in local, state of federal law or enforcement policy.”

The Trump administration has given mixed signals on its plans for states that don’t enforce federal drug law.