Gov. Polis signs bill authorizing medical marijuana use for autism


A bill allowing Coloradans with autism to use medical marijuana was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jared Polis.

The new law — HB19-1028 — adds autism to the list of disabling medical conditions that allow a person to legally use medical marijuana, according to the bill.

The bill, sponsored by state Reps. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder, and Kim Ransom, R-Littleton, passed through the house on Feb. 7 without a single “no” vote; it passed through the Senate on March 20 by a vote of 31-4. Earlier, the bill passed the health committee by a 10-1 vote.

Under the law, “autism spectrum disorder” must be “diagnosed by a primary care physician, physician with experience in autism spectrum disorder or licensed mental health provider.” [Read more at The Denver Post]