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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Arapahoe DA targets probationers using medical marijuana - The Denver Post

Arapahoe DA targets probationers using medical marijuana - The Denver Post

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers has told the 18th Judicial District probation department that she intends to revoke the probation of any person caught smoking medical marijuana, even if a judge approved it.

In a Dec. 14 e-mail to Chief Probation officer Robin Leaf, Chambers wrote:

"We are taking the position that people who use medical marijuana while on probation are in violation of federal law and must be revoked. That is true even if a judge is telling them it is not. A state judge cannot change federal law and a violation of federal law is a violation of probation.

"Obviously, we do not make the laws, we only enforce them and we cannot pick and chose (sic) which ones we enforce and which ones we do not. When we get a case where this is an issue, we will take the ruling up to the Court of Appeals so that we can get some clarification. I think the sooner we can do this, the better."

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said, through a spokeswoman, that his department is working with the courts to determine a policy about probationers and medical marijuana. In the meantime, he said each case will be decided individually. He added that no one admitted in Drug Court will be allowed to use medical marijuana.


Anonymous said...

Chambers makes the Grinch seem like a very nice fellow. Isn't she term-limited or something?

Anonymous said...

Yes she is but then she'll probably apply to the Parole Board. That's the kind of monster she really is.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone see any contradiction here? DA Chambers says "...we cannot pick and chose which ones we enforce..." and DA Morrissey said "...each case will be decided individually..."
What the F###?!?! Which is it kids?