Colorado ready to add autism to medical cannabis qualifying conditions

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A bill that would add autism spectrum disorder to Colorado’s list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk.

The state’s General Assembly easily passed HB 1263 on May 4, Denver alt-weekly Westword reported.

Any addition to the conditions for which doctors can recommend MMJ would likely be a boost for Colorado’s medical cannabis businesses.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The bill sailed through the Legislature, passing the Senate 32-3 and the House 53-11.
  • However, the measure underwent some changes in the process. It initially called for the addition of acute pain, but after some resistance, that condition was removed in favor of autism.
  • Hickenlooper’s office hasn’t taken an official stance on the bill.
  • Last year, the Colorado Legislature passed a bill to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of MMJ qualifying conditions and Hickenlooper signed it into law.