Posted by: Kimberly Diego

Today, the Colorado Board of Health approved a series of rule changes impacting the use and also distribution of medical marijuana.  Some have criticized these changes are pro-law enforcement.  Supporters of the changes argue the changes merely “clarify” the language of Amendment 20, while opponents argue that the changes seek to undermine Amendment 20.

 

Amendment 20, which legalized medical marijuana in Colorado, was passed in 2000.  That amendment defined

A bill that would have placed a “per se” limit on those driving under the influence of marijuana was killed this week in the Colorado Senate.  The bill would have placed a limit on the amount of THC one could have in their blood while driving, similar to the 0.08 limit constituting DUI Per Se in drunk driving cases.  Pro – medical marijuana lobbyists had vehemently opposed the bill, since

In Colorado, the law authorizes and in fact requires the issuance of protection orders in all domestic violence cases.  Current law allows not only a no-contact order, but also restrictions as to the possession of firearms, possession of alcohol, and any other restrictions the court deems appropriate to protect the safety of the alleged victim.

 

However, the law does not currently authorize the issuance of protection orders in non-domestic

SB 110-254 contemplates changes to non-residential community corrections programs, insofar as it would permit time credit for these programs.  Additionally, the bill creates criteria for when someone serving a sentence to community corrections may be considered for early termination of his or her sentence.  Specifically,a defendant who has successfully completed the residential phase of a community corrections sentence, has paid the costs of the residential program in full, and is

Senate Bill 11-241, recently introduced in the Colorado Senate, seeks to implement several different changes to the operation of the Colorado Parole Board.

 

Specifically, the bill requires that Parole Board members have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, at least five years experience in a relevant field, and knowledge of issues related to parole.  Also, the bill requires each Parole Board member to complete a minimum of twenty hours