Medical marijuana banned from jail

Published 07/30 2015 07:56PM

Updated 07/30 2015 07:56PM

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Jail is no place for drugs -  and a new law is making sure even the legal ones stay out as well.
And even though medical marijuana is legal the law says sick inmates can not have the drug.
 
The law protects local jails, prisons and police officers from facing civil penalties for denying medical marijuana to arrestees or inmates who have a prescription for pot.
The Governor signed the law this week. It grants  immunity to any law enforcement agency that refuses to give a federally illegal drug, despite the law in the state. 
 
Law enforcement tells us marijuana is no place for a jail. They say many inmates are incarcerated because of drug offenses and this could make matters worse. And it also protects them from any possible lawsuits.
 
"Because there's a lot of lawsuits that come out in corrections against officers. And denying them something that they think they're entitled to only brings more litigation, so I think it'll be a good bill," said Sangamon County jail Assistant Superintendent Terry Durr. 
 
Rauner signed the law Wednesday. It is already in effect. Officers will also be exempt fro m any criminal offenses with the new legislation as well.

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