This time, CO bill allowing autism patients to use medical marijuana might actually pass

by Amanda Push

There’s a strong chance that those diagnosed with autism in Colorado will soon be able to use medical marijuana to treat it.

House Bill 2028 was passed by the Senate on March 20 in a landslide 31 to 4 vote, according to Westword. The bill’s final destination will be the desk of Governor Jared Polis who his staff claim is prepared to sign it.

Proponents attempted to pass a similar bill in 2018 under former Governor John Hickenlooper who ultimately vetoed it, citing that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment needed to do more research on the drug’s effect on autism.

“This path happened for a reason, because with 1028, we were able to ensure that individuals with autism and autistic people would have access, whereas the previous program created would have restricted assess,” Michelle Walker of Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism told Westword. “Now, we’ve expanded access.”

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