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.

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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.”

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Colorado Senate Votes “Yes” on Bill Banning Courts from Preventing Those on Bond from Using Medical Cannabis

Colorado’s full Senate has voted to pass a bill preventing courts from telling those out on bond that they can’t use medical cannabis.

Senate Bill 178, sponsored by Senator Vicki Marble (R), was passed through its second reading today. It will still need to be passed through a third and final reading before being sent to the House of Representatives.

“This is a clean-up expanding upon existing law that allows the use of medical marijuana while on parole or probation,” said Senator Marble in a press release following the Senate’s vote. “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.”

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