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      Columbia groups to study pot cultivation measure

      A Columbia substance abuse panel and the city's Board of Health are reviewing a proposed ordinance that would let residents grow up to six marijuana plants with a doctor's permission.

      A Columbia substance abuse panel and the city's Board of Health are reviewing a proposed ordinance that would let residents grow up to six marijuana plants with a doctor's permission.

      The measure sponsored by City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe also would make cultivation of up to six plants by the general public a municipal violation with a maximum fine of $250.

      The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the City Council tabled the ordinance Monday and asked the Substance Abuse Advisory Commission to work with the Board of Health to make a recommendation in four months.

      A decade ago the city changed punishment for possession of up to 35 grams of pot to a $250 fine, though residents still are subject to federal and state laws banning marijuana possession and use.