May 122015
 May 12, 2015

colorado probation parole medical marijuanaPeople that are on probation or parole should still be allowed to use legal medicine. Just because someone is in the criminal justice system doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer from various conditions or ailments. Marijuana is a proven form of medicine, and if someone qualifies for a medical marijuana program to use it, they should be allowed to do so. To prevent someone from using medical marijuana, while on probation or parole or otherwise, is non-compassionate. Colorado’s Legislature and Governor agree, which is why they recently passed House Bill 1267. Per The Joint Blog:

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed House Bill 1267 into law, allowing those on probation or parole to use medical cannabis.

Although medical cannabis has been legal in Colorado since voters approved Amendment 20 in 2000, the use of the medicine while on probation or parole has remained prohibited. House Bill 1267, which takes effect immediately, changes that.

This is a common sense move by the State of Colorado. Colorado joins Arizona and Rhode Island in allowing those that are on probation or parole to use medical marijuana. This will help countless numbers of people in Colorado, who might otherwise turn to much more harmful substances in an attempt to mask their conditions. I really hope more states follow suit, including my home state, Oregon.



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  136 Responses to “People On Probation/Parole Can Use Medical Marijuana In Colorado”


    Hey was wondering if you had any results? I am in larimer county, my probationary service is RMOMS, and I pled down a DUI to a DWAI. I only really want to use marijuana and going w/o alcohol is fine for me. Should I ask my probation officer or is it more trouble than it’s worth? Wondering if I will get shut down


      My P.O. said yes. It was the judge who said no. I am going to basically start protesting in front of the courthouse to stir up more shit and find other probationers being denied their rights as well. Ask. Good luck.


        I asked thru email as these people never answer your phone calls or messages. Still waiting to hear back and asked on Thursday. My friend in DUI class has had it this whole time even before house bill 1267, but he was in the military. Funny how they treat people who served differently.


    I’m currently on probation in Pueblo and have complied with everything..clean ua’s, payed off all fines etc…I took all medical marijuana paperwork and card like they asked me to and 2 months later still havent heard back from them. They won’t return my phone calls or anything.


    Anybody approved in arapahoe county


    I have a mmj license and I’m on probation fora d.u.I. who do I ask for permission to use and how?


    My judge deiced to follow his own rules and rejected my motion to use medical marijuana…


      You should tell him he has to take judiciary notice, if not he can be removed from the bench and disbarred, and another judge who follows laws of the land will be more than happy to take his place.


    So what’s going on with the Parole side of Medical marijuana?


    Interesting, I’ve never heard of this until now…


    I really need info regarding Larimer County for someone who is going to be on parole ?? He heard that it is OK,but I Can’t find Anything to Confirm or Deny?? Help


      Colorado, parolees are not aloud to use not even with a red card, Colorado house Bill 1267, only says probation not parole.


    Any new experiences from people on probation. I am gonna be put on probation for misdemeanor Domestic violence. I have had my card for 5 years how should I go about telling my PO when I meet him/her for the first time?


    My son is 18 and has been on probation since he was 16 from a Juvy case he had hit me due to a side effect from a medication that he takes for epilepsy that causes anger if he doesn’t take a supplement b6 twice a day he can get very depressed negative an outburst of anger and he can’t control it and it’s not his fault in fact this medication that he’s on for his epilepsy is the same medication that the kids that were in Columbine school shooting used we’ve been trying to fight them on letting him use the marijuana he gave up on calling everyday and he doesn’t even go to his UA test they’re making him go through another year of probation he wants to get his red card when we have the money to get it. He is taking his b6 consistently we make sure he gets it and doesn’t miss it and he doesn’t want to be on probation anymore he’s been doing really good he got a job he doesn’t hurt me at all we get along great he’s such a wonderful kid and good heart and hard working and we have no problems at home at all now he continues to use the marijuana and I don’t fight him on it and I believe that he has a legal right to use it and when he gets his red card we’re going to try to fight this we just want some help legally to defend him is anyone out there that can help


    Just read the article, and several other places on the net, because if you’re on probation and have a card you’re golden. Neither the judge nor po can stop you.


    Can you use your temporary medical card and turn into probation, or do you have to wait for card in mail? Does the temporary card give you same rights?


      Yes your temp works those are the papers you need to show


        Hey did the judge have to sign of on your permission to use. I turned mine in but they said the judge has to approve. Please write me back thanks


          The way they work depends on the protocol your po goes by and probation departments like to make up there own policies so it is hard to say. I won’t ask what you are on probation for but if it is not for drug dealing or something they should not be able to tell you no, let me know what happens.


            Hey they denied mine I have valid medical reason but they are saying I have a substance abuse problem from the psi that I took. I answered questions honestly now it’s being used against me. Is there anything I can do? I’m on probation in denver county.


    i am on probation for misdemeanor domestic violence, non alcoholrelated. i applied for a card. will they deny me?


    Should I mention my card in the presentence invistagation? This will be my first time meeting my PO. Or should I wait till the 2nd time I meet after sentencing. Please someone let me know


      It depends on what state your live in and the conditions of your probation or parole. Don’t bring it up unless asked and don’t lie. The worst is they say you can’t smoke. Buy a monkey dong online and you’ll be fine.


    I am on probation for a felony
    I live in madras Oregon
    Can I still get a medical marijuana card legally and use legally?


    There are signs posted at the parole offices in Denver saying we can’t use medical marijuana. I have losted earned time because of hot uas and I have my red card. My PO knows this but he still says I can’t use medical marijuana. My question is, is it legal for paroles to use medical marijuana or not.


    It seems no one has an answer to the question of whether or not a person on parole can use medical marijuana! Does anyone really know? I’ve lost earned time and been told I can’t use it. I have my card and it still doesn’t seem like these people care. Are they making it a personal issue?


      The law isn’t saying anything about parole and the judge will find any excuse not to let you use. This law hasn’t worked for majority of people and people are still being threatened with prison and being sentenced because of it. They need to re word the ammendment to make it mandatory just like people who have opiate prescriptions. They allow people with obvious addictions to the pharmacy prescriptions to use but us medical marijuana patients can’t use a natural growing plant. It’s ridicolous!


      John no, Colorado House Bill 1267 states that a person on probation may use withe a red card, nowhere dose it say parolees may use. they need to amend that in my opinion.


    What does this mean


    So what do I do now?


    Is this asking to show more proof?


      These are telling you that they don’t want you to use mmj due to “the goals of sentencing and probaion”. It’s all a bunch of bs if you ask me. My attorney said they are denying for any reasons. This law doesn’t protect the people who have mmj cards because it gives the judges too much power to deny for any reason they can find. Please keep us updated how it goes for you.


        The issue is I’m being tested for drugs and I don’t have a drug conviction. I was charged with a DUI and I want guilty so I took a deal for a petty offense.


          In your other post it says you got a 4 year deferred for felony menacing? I understand the same thing happened to me mine was not drug related at all. They will deny for any reason possible. People with pharmaceutical prescriptions for opiates and benzos can still use while being drug tested but they won’t let people use a natural plant. It’s ridicolous if you ask me. This law hasn’t helped the majority of mmj patients that really need it.


    So if a colorado judge court orders no medical pot does that bypass house bill1267


      The judge has the ultimate decision on either to allow it or deny it under the law. So it’s up to them pretty much. They are denying for any reason they want because most judges are just morally not accepting it. Did they tell you that they aren’t going to allow it?


        Ya the judge said he is Court ordering no medical there wasn’t any reason givin


          Same happened to me. There is a house bill that is going through the general assembly in Colorado right now to change this law. It hasn’t helped majority of people with mmj cards. People are being forced to go back to pharmaceutical prescriptions and being denied their more effective choice of medicine, cannabis. It’s not right to continue down the path that it is on right now by violating mmj card holders probation for using their meds. I am deeply affected by this aswell. The new bill would make it so that anyone who was convicted of a mmj related crime would be the only people not allowed to use while on probation. The bill would eliminate the part of the law which people can be denied for an assessment and the section that says “to complete the goals of sentencing” part of this bill that most people are being denied for. I am very hopeful for this to pass it just passed the first portion of the general assembly a 11-0 yes vote. It still has a couple more phases to go through then it will be sent to the governor. If this passes the only reason they will be able to deny it is if your crime was a mmj crime.


        So is there anyway for me to fight it


        If a judge can still say no to it then what was the purpose of the house bill?


          File a motion and present your arguments to the judge. Its best to explain to them how you will benefit from mmj instead of pharmaceuticals. Under the new bill they can’t deny you for the substance abuse assessment anymore. Its worth a shot that’s what I am doing.


    if i am on probation in texas and i move to colorado, will i still be eligible for a medical marijuana card?


    I would like to know can I still get my red card even tho I have been on probation seven months now but have six to go but I don’t think it’s not fair that I can’t smoke when it has nothing to do with drugs,it’s a dv… so what i am trying asks can I have a chance to get my red card because I want to get it but not if they are going tell me no I think the just want more money straight b.s. and I am in AURORA


      Renew your red card then file a motion to the court with your condition and why you benefit from mmj better then pharmaceuticals.


    HI Rudy,
    Do you know the name of the bill you are referencing? Am I correct that the one that passed last year was 15 12-67? I am looking for the name of this one as it is the first time I have heard of it. If it passes it should go through in July I believe.


      Hey there I am referencing hb16-1359 it is a bill that will be revising the hb15-1267. Hb16-1359 was successfully passed and it removed the section of hb15-1267 about the substance abuse assement which it the part I was denied for and a lot of others were denied for. They were denying people for being honest about the amount of alcohol/drugs they have consumed in their lifetimes. It was bogus and they denied me for telling them that I tried alcohol and used mmj daily. I just filed a motion to tell them that I can’t be denied for the substance abuse assessment and I don’t want to go back to pharmaceutical drugs. I have a real doctors letter stating MMj is what works best for me too. I am hopeful that they will allow me to use my mmj. I have proven I don’t have substance abuse problem I haven’t had one dirty UA. I am completely off UAs now too. How did it go for you did they let you use your mmj?

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