Sen. Robert Peters

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Robert Peters’ measure broadening the civil liberties of individuals on probation passed the Senate Thursday.

“Individuals sentenced to probation are under vigilant supervision at any given time,” said Peters (D-Chicago). “Conditions of probation should not include restrictions that prevent a person from readjusting back into modern society.”

Senate Bill 1886 provides that if a court orders testing for cannabis or alcohol, a statement detailing the relation between the condition of probation and the crime must be provided. Under the measure, individuals on probation will not be charged for costs associated with mandatory testing.

Peters’ legislation also prevents courts from ordering a person on probation, conditional discharge or supervision to refrain from use or consumption of any substance lawfully prescribed by a medical provider or authorized by the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act.

“Eliminating barriers so those on probation with a medical diagnoses that constitute a medical cannabis card should be an option regardless of their history of justice system involvement,” said Peters. “Easing  medicinal limitations and financial constraints from mandated testing grants self-determination to those on probation.”

Senate Bill 1886 passed the Senate and will now head to the House for further consideration.