Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed House Bill 1267 into law, allowing those on probation to use medical cannabis.
Medical cannabis has been legal in Colorado since voters approved Amendment 20 in 2000. However, the use of the medicine while on probation or parole has remained prohibited.
House Bill 1267, which takes effect immediately, changes that.
“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.
Colorado now becomes the 3rd state in the U.S. – joining Arizona and Rhode Island – that allows the medical use of cannabis for those on probation or parole. 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.