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Colorado Will Allow Medical Cannabis Use While Awaiting Trial

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DENVER (AP) — People awaiting trial won’t be prohibited from using medical cannabis. 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 medicinal marijuana patients must abstain from pot as a condition of bond.

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Colorado has already decided that cannabis 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 cannabis abstention isn’t usually a condition of bond in this state.

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

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