ACLU Sues Pennsylvania County To Allow Parolees, Probationers To Use Cannabis

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking on a Pennsylvania county over a new policy that bars people with state medical marijuana cards to use the drug if they were on probation. 

In a lawsuit filed this month on behalf of several petitioners, the state chapter of the ACLU asserts that those rules issued by the Lebanon County, Pennsylvania violate state law. Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana in 2016, and the state permits its use for patients suffering from roughly two dozen different medical conditions.

The county’s court system and probation department announced last month that the new policy would take effect on October 1. One of the petitioners in the suit filed is Melissa Gass, a 41-year-old woman who uses medical cannabis to treat grand mal seizures from her epilepsy. 

She is also on probation in Lebanon County stemming from a 2016 arrest for simple assault following an altercation she had with her husband. Gass says she stopped using marijuana upon learning of the county’s new policy, going a month without it and suffering a sharp uptick in seizures as a result.

“Medical marijuana has made all of the difference in improving my quality of life,” she said in an

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