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Colorado unready for marijuana oversight

March 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

DENVER, March 26 (UPI) -- An audit released Tuesday says the agency regulating Colorado's medical marijuana industry has not determined its responsibilities or the resources it requires.

The audit, given to the Legislative Audit Committee Tuesday, indicates the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division spent $1.1 million in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 to develop a "seed-to-sale" marijuana plant tracking system, then halted its implementation due to financial difficulties.

Funding cuts, including the closing of three satellite offices and the cutting of its staff from 37 to 15, left regulators without the tools meant to enforce Colorado's stringent medical marijuana regulations, The Denver Post reported.

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