House Bill 1267, a proposal to allow those on probation or parole to use medical cannabis, has been passed by Colorado’s House of Representatives and Senate, sending it to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration.
“If it’s in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation,” says Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), the bill’s primary sponsor.
If signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper, or allowed to become law without his signature, the bill would make Colorado the 3rd state in the U.S. – joining Arizona and Rhode Island – that allow medical cannabis patients to use their medicine while on parole or probation. California allows those on parole to seek permission from the courts to use medical cannabis after being released from prison or jail, but the courts have the full authority to deny that request.
Governor Hickenlooper has yet to say what action, if any, he’ll take on the measure.