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Colorado Bill Prohibiting Courts from Preventing Those on Bond from Using Medical Cannabis Advances

Colorado courts would be banned from prohibiting those out on bond from using medical cannabis under legislation that continues to advance in the state’s legislature.

Senate Bill 178, sponsored by Senator Vicki Marble (R), passed through its second reading in the House today, three days after being advanced by the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. The measure unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month.

According to the official summary of the bill, it “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.”

“This is a clean-up expanding upon existing law that allows the use of medical marijuana while on parole or probation,” says Senator Marble. “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.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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