Legislation banning courts from ordering those out of jail on bond to not use medical marijuana has been signed into law by Colorado’s governor.
Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 178 into law today. The measure “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 in early March with a unanimous vote, and it was passed by the House of Representatives later that month with a vote of 57 to 6.
“This is a clean-up expanding upon existing law that allows the use of medical marijuana while on parole or probation,” says Senator Vicki Marble (R), the bill’s primary sponsor. “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, which takes full effect on August 9th.
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.