A Colorado proposal (House Bill 1267) to allow those on probation or parole to use medical cannabis has been given initial approval by the state’s House of Representatives.
“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.
The vote occurs just days after Arizona’s Supreme Court ruled that medical cannabis patients are allowed to use the medicine while on probation or parole.
Rhode Island is the only other state that allows those on probation or parole to use medical cannabis, although California allows those on parole to seek permission from the courts to use medical cannabis after being released from prison or jail.
House Bill 1267 will need to be approved through one final reading in the House before being sent to the Senate for consideration.