Medical marijuana patients in Colorado can keep using while they await trial

Colorado has already decided that marijuana use shouldn’t be off-limits for people on probation.

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Marijuana at Verde Natural's grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Not a violation of your bond condition. If it ever was one of your bond conditions. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Marijuana use won’t be banned while people await trial in Colorado. That’s according to a new law signed Thursday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a measure forbidding a court from saying that criminal defendants who are marijuana patients must abstain from pot as a condition of bond.

Colorado has already decided that marijuana use shouldn’t be off-limits for people on probation.

A fiscal analysis prepared for lawmakers says the bond measure won’t cost any money. That’s because pot abstention isn’t usually a condition of bond in this state.

Supporters call the bond change a policy statement. The protection for marijuana use applies only to people with certain medical conditions, not recreational pot users.

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