First legislative obstacle crossed
Bill 19-1028, sponsored by Democrat Representative Edie Hooton of Boulder and Republican Representative Kim Ransom of Lone Tree, was approved by a vote of 10 against 1 on Wednesday by the Health and Insurance Committee. This would allow autistics in Colorado to heal medical marijuana.
Parents again ask Colorado lawmakers to legalize for autism
Parents who had organized rallies for this measure have exhausted traditional methods of treatment, some with very little success.
Last June, Governor Hickenlooper vetoed the bill, in part because no pediatrician wanted to support it. A pediatrician even called it "Russian Roulette".
This bill is now before the House of Representatives of Colorado which, if passed, will allow autistic patients, even those under the age of 18, to to treat Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with medicinal cannabisl. Patients under the age of 18 will need the approval of two physicians.
The project encourages the National Health Board, when providing grants for cannabis studies, to prioritize grants to collect objective scientific research on the efficacy and safety of the administration of cannabis. cannabis for medical purposes for pediatric disorders, including, pervasive developmental disorders.
"What makes me want to introduce this bill is the suffering that these families endure," said Hooton. "For me, it's a parental rights issue," said Ransom.
This is not the first time the Colorado General Assembly has reviewed legislation. Last year, a similar bill was passed with ease.