420 with CNW – Colorado Supreme Court to Decide on Medical Marijuana Rights of People on Probation

420 with CNW – Colorado Supreme Court to Decide on Medical Marijuana Rights of People on Probation

Is it fair for people on probation to present additional proof of their need for medical marijuana to judges? The Colorado Supreme Court is set to make a decision on this matter. This comes after Alysha Walton agreed to probation after she was arrested for speeding and driving under the influence and pleaded guilty in El Paso County in 2017. Her lawyer requested a hearing where he argued that she be allowed to continue receiving medical marijuana while serving her sentence, but the judge said that her doctor would have to testify. Data from the Department of Public Health and Environment in Colorado shows that there are at least 80,000 people who have valid medical marijuana cards, and a quarter of these are patients from El Paso County. Therefore, it is hard to predict how many people have issues with these kinds of stipulations as conditions for those on probation. No doctor was willing to testify on her behalf; therefore, Walton appeared at her hearing with only her medical card and a letter from a doctor despite being advised otherwise by the court. Eventually, the court ruled against her, and she was required to stop using medical marijuana during her probation. The Colorado Public Defenders office argued that the restriction was an abuse of the court’s power by the judge since she presented the documentation needed to support her need for medical marijuana. According to Jay Tiftickjian, a law allowing people on probation to use medical marijuana was passed in 2015, although it is still not clear to what extent this law is being implemented because he still gets countless emails from people on probation requiring to use medical marijuana but are not allowed. Due to the colossal amount of inquiries, his firm added a page to their website for…

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