A new bill signed by Governor Hickenlooper today makes it unlawful for a Colorado Judge to prohibit, as a condition of bond, the use of medical marijuana as long as the user has a valid medical marijuana registration card. The new law is not effective until 90 days past the adjournment of the date legislature (August 9, 2017) however a moral argument can be made that Judges should enforce the new law before it’s effective date.
Here is the new law:
16-4-105. Conditions of release on bond.
(6) (c) NOTWITHSTANDING SUBSECTION (6)(a) OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF
THIS SECTION, IF A PERSON POSSESSES A VALID REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION
CARD, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 25-1.5-106 (2)(e), THAT ESTABLISHES THAT
HE OR SHE IS A PATIENT WHO USES MEDICAL MARIJUANA, THE COURT SHALL
NOT REQUIRE AS A CONDITION OF ANY BOND THAT THE PERSON ABSTAIN
FROM THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA.