March 9 2010, 10:03 AM
Advocates of medical marijuana who decry the recent raid on a growing operation in Highlands Ranch have found powerful but unlikely allies in their battle to force federal agents to back down. A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, including Senator Chris Romer, is pushing controversial regulations that would prevent growers from operating in suburban areas and allow the state to keep a database of where operations are located. Though Romer (right) doesn't take a stand on the Highlands Ranch case, he says he is troubled by raids on labs that appear to comply with state law, according to The Associated Press. "It's kind of hard to build trust in the environment that's been created by these raids," adds Romer. The group is calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to bar crackdowns on medical marijuana operations. Meanwhile, state Attorney General John Suthers tells Westword the industry that has popped up around marijuana "isn't what the voters approved" when they made the drug legal for medicinal purposes in 2000.