Colorado: Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Medical Cannabis Use While on Probation

Denver, CO: Persons on probation may legally consume medical cannabis unless such use explicitly conflicts with "the goals of sentencing," according to a decision rendered by the Colorado Supreme Court.

Justices unanimously opined that a defendant possesses a presumed right to consume cannabis therapeutically unless there exists material evidence to show that prohibiting such use "is necessary and appropriate" to accomplish explicit sentencing goals.

Lawmakers approved legislation in 2015 permitting medical cannabis use by certain defendants while on probation.

The case is Walton v. People (Case No. 18SC84).

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