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Driving-stoned debate appears settled in Colo.

By Kristen Wyatt

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 7:24 a.m. MDT

A medical marijuana plant is shown at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Seattle. After voters weighed in on election day, Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow legal pot for recreational use, but they are likely to face resistance from federal regulations.

Ted S. Warren, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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DENVER — Colorado's long debates on marijuana regulation and driving high came to an end Tuesday, when the Senate voted on three pot measures they've been debating for months.

The Senate gave final approval to a stoned-driving bill they'd rejected in the past. The vote sends the marijuana blood driving standard to the governor, who has said he will sign it.

The Senate also gave preliminary approval to 25 percent taxes on recreational marijuana sales, with the final decision going to voters.

Finally, the Senate voted on a long regulatory bill that covers production and marketing guidelines. The debates set up the Colorado Legislature to finish marijuana regulations in time for final adjournment Wednesday.

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