Colorado Legislature Passes Bill Banning Courts from Preventing Those on Bond from Using Medical Marijuana

Legislation that would prohibit courts from telling those out on bond that they can’t use medical cannabis has been passed by Colorado’s Senate and House.

Senate Bill 178 “prohibits a court from imposing as a bond condition a ban on marijuana use if the person possesses a valid medical marijuana registry identification card.”

The Senate passed the measure earlier this month with a unanimous vote, and it was passed through its third reading today in the House of Representatives with a vote of 57 to 6. It will soon be sent to the desk of Governor John Hickenlooper, who will have the option of signing it into law, vetoing it or allowing it to become law without his approval.

“This is a clean-up expanding upon existing law that allows the use of medical marijuana while on parole or probation,” says Senator Vicki Marble (R), the bill’s primary sponsor. “It is important to remember that medical marijuana patients released on bond have not been convicted of a crime. No judge should have the authority to overturn a doctor’s medical order.”

Click here for the full text of Senate Bill 178.

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