Colorado Governor Signs Bill Adding Autism Spectrum Disorder to Medical Marijuana Program
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed into law legislation that allows those with autism spectrum disorder to become legal medical marijuana patients.
“OK kids, that’s how we make a law,” Governor Polis said after signing House Bill 1028 into law. The measure was passed unanimously by both the House of Representatives and Senate (combined the vote was 96 to 0).
Under the new law, autism spectrum disorder joins the following qualifying medical cannabis conditions:
Cancer Glaucoma HIV or AIDS Cachexia Persistent muscle spasms Seizures Severe nausea Severe pain Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
As noted by High Times, a similar bill passed both the House and Senate last year, but was rejected by then-Governor John Hickenlooper,. “I haven’t found a pediatrician yet who thinks it’s a good idea to sign this bill,” Hickenlooper commented at the time, adding that certain autism groups’ silence on the bill “speaks volumes.”
Polis, who campaigned on a pro-marijuana platform and became governor in January, has been an opponent of Hickenlooper’s distrust for marijuana’s effect on autistic kids for some time.
“[D]espite Hickenlooper’s professed ignorance, studies do exist to reinforce their beliefs that the drug can reduce many of the health condition’s more severe symptoms.”, notes High