New Mexico offender Joe Montano was removed from house arrest and thrown in jail after officials found him with legal medical marijuana. Later, a district judge ruled against it, ordering the Bernalillo County Detention Center to allow marijuana use among every inmate in their custody.
Joe Montano plead guilty to DWI in October of 2019. He was sentenced to 90 days but instead of jail, was permitted to do house arrest. They found him with medical the very next month and he was forced to serve the rest of his sentence in jail. He was released in January of last year.
In July, Dstrict Judge Lucy Solimon overturned all that, and ordered the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center not to penalize inmates in their custody or under their supervision, for medical marijuana use as covered under an amendment to the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.
The ruling said: “[a] person who is serving a period of probation or parole or who is in the custody or under the supervision of the state or a local government pending trial as part of a community supervision program shall not be penalized for conduct allowed under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.”
Montano’s lawyer, who is also a New Mexico State Senator, made clear that all inmates should be able to use their approved legal medicine, and that the government should also fund it just like anything else.
“I absolutely do believe that jail and prison facilities have the responsibility to provide that medical care if it’s ordered by a physician, period,” Candelaria told the Albuquerque Journal.
County attorneys had argued that use was a violation of statute, as marijuana is still illegal federally, and inmates are required to follow city, county, state and federal laws. So far, the MDC has stated that it will comply.
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