July 27 2010, 10:24 AM
Colorado claims about five million residents, and as of this month, about 105,000 of them have applied to the state for a card that will allow them to legally consume medical marijuana. That's roughly two percent of the state's population, Westword points out. Yet, less than one-third of applicants have received their official medical marijuana ID cards because of a backlog in paperwork. Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in states like Colorado, where it is legal to do so, clarifying a policy that veterans have questioned for years, according to The New York Times. Local governments across Colorado continue to grapple with how to regulate the industry, including in Colorado Springs, where officials worry their city has become the "Wild West," writes The Gazette. Up north, Weld County commissioners have banned all new medical marijuana operations in unincorporated parts of the county, citing federal law but saying if the state legislature clarifies further regulations, the commission may revise the ban, writes The Greeley Tribune. Vanessa Martinez contributed to this post.