Colorado could allow medical marijuana to treat autism

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The Colorado House recognizes the benefits of marijuana in treating autism

If there is doubt that marijuana can be beneficial to those with autism, perhaps this will allay some of those concerns. The Colorado House has recognized the power of marijuana and unanimously approved a House bill that allows autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to be legally treated with marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana program. So convinced were the House lawmakers that they approved the bill 63-0.

ASD describes various disorders, including autism, Asperger syndrome and other development disorders. Under current law in the state, medical marijuana can be sued for cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe pain and HIV, and the addition of ASD gives a substantial amount of assistance to a number of autism sufferers.

The bill will allow facilitate procedures for minors to be listed on the state’s medical marijuana registry. A similar bill was vetoed by former governor John Hickenlooper last year when he argued that more research was needed between marijuana and ASD – despite a number of studies already available.

House Bill (HB) 1028 will now be sent to the Senate, where it is expected to receive the same response. It will then be sent to Governor Jared Polis for his signature and it won’t find any resistance at the top level. The bill also seeks to increase state participation in studies of marijuana and how it could be used to treat ovarian cancer and dementia, as well as other medical conditions. Polis has already asserted that he will sign off on the bill if it makes it to his desk.


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