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Colorado: Patients May Use Medical Cannabis While Awaiting Trial

Legislation was signed into law that permits registered medical cannabis patients to legally use marijuana while on bond in a criminal case.

Senate Bill 17 states, “[T]he court shall not require as a condition of any bond that [s] person ... with a valid registry identification card … abstain from the use of medical marijuana.” You can read the full text of the new law here.

Existing law permits qualified patients to engage in cannabis therapy while probation, but only in circumstances where a judge does not object to it. 

The new law takes effect on August 9, 2017.

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