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Colorado Protects Marijuana Use While Patients Await Trial

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana use shouldn’t be banned while people await trail. That’s according to a bill that passed the Colorado Legislature Monday.

The bill applies only to medical marijuana patients, not all defendants. But the bill forbids a court from saying that criminal defendants who are marijuana patients must abstain from pot as a condition of bond.

The measure has already passed the Senate and now awaits the signature of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is expected to agree to the idea.

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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.

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