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Colorado Residents on Probation Can Possess Medical Marijuana

The shift allows those on supervision to access medical cannabis under the State program.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a law last week that takes a meaningful leap forward in the already progressive state. Those on state probation will be allowed to utilize medical marijuana.

The bill, HB1267, was passed out of committees in both houses unanimously. The wording of the bill, as posted by NORML, reads in part: «The possession or use of medical marijuana… shall not be considered another offense such that its use constitutes a violation of the terms of probation… [T]his act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety.»

While Colorado has become famous for regulated recreational marijuana, there’s also a robust medical marijuana system in the state for more than 10 years.

Patients and/or designated caregivers can purchase medicine at a dispensary or rec-shop, or cultivate up to six plants on their own. They must be registered with the state.

Although more than 20 medical cannabis laws are on the books, there are few protections for those on probation or parole who have qualifying conditions. Patients can ask for a presiding judge’s permission to be a part of local programs. Colorado is the first state to decisively deal with the issue.

More information about Colorado’s medical marijuana program can be found here.