Marijuana advocates late Monday fought back an effort that could have halted Colorado's plans for legal marijuana shops, ending a debate that swept through the state Capitol like a dust devil for a little more than three hours.
The proposal, Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, would have put two separate constitutional measures before the voters in November. The first would have asked voters to approve special sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana. If that measure failed, a second measure would have asked voters whether they wanted to suspend recreational marijuana sales.
The resolution was introduced at about 6 p.m. on the third-to-last day of the legislative session — the absolute last moment it could have been formally proposed. It was sponsored by two dozen senators, including Senate President John Morse. And it cleared a Senate committee less than an hour after it was introduced.
But facing a midnight deadline for initial approval in the full Senate and a handful of lawmakers committed to defeating it, Morse adjourned the Senate for the night at about 9:30 p.m. without taking up the resolution. Under legislative terminology, the newly introduced resolution was suddenly "dead on the calendar."
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