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DENVER – The task force formed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to figure out how to mesh Colorado laws with the pot-legalizing Amendment 64 met for the first time Monday.

The Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force met at noon at the Department of Revenue’s building. The meeting was open to the public.

The task force – a group of 24 including marijuana activists, lobbyists, state lawmakers and state officials – will create regulations for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry.

Amendment 64 legalized limited possession and sales of marijuana in Colorado. The amendment requires the state issue licenses for marijuana stores by Jan. 1, 2014. This means the legislature will have limited time to write laws in order for them to be processed in time for the deadline.

The task force will also look peripheral issues like driving while high, growing industrial hemp and the tricky subject of dealing with conflicts between Colorado and federal law, which still says marijuana is illegal.

Monday’s meeting was mostly introductory. The agenda listed “issue identification,” and “welcomes and introductions.”

The governor wants to get a report from the task force by February 28, 2013.

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