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Colorado Senate passes bill for medical marijuana use to treat autism

Posted: 1:42 PM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 15:42:02-04

DENVER – A bill that would add autism spectrum disorders to the list of conditions that give patients the green light to use medical marijuana to treat their conditions passed through the Senate on Wednesday.

In a 31-4 vote, the Senate passed the third reading of the bill.

Former Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed similar legislation last year saying there is no scientific evidence that supports the benefits of medical marijuana for people with autism.

News 5’s Caiti Blase spoke to a family last month who moved to Colorado so they could get their 11-year-old son a medical marijuana card to treat not only his autism but other medical conditions that made him mute.

You can read more about this family’s experience with using medical marijuana to treat their son’s conditions here.

HB19-1028  is now headed to Governor Polis’s desk. He previously pledged he would sign the bill into law.