Colorado governor vetoes bill adding autism conditions for medical marijuana

DENVER (KKTV) - A bill that would have added certain conditions tied to autism to the list of disabling medical condition for medicinal marijuana was vetoed by Colorado's governor on Tuesday.

According to 11 News partner CBS Denver, before Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision, parents of children with autism gathered outside the governor’s office at the state Capitol.

“We ask that the governor help our children. Our kids are dying. We can’t wait another year,” said Michelle Walker, whose son has autism.

The bill passed both the House and the Senate but the head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does not back it.

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“While we are very sympathetic with families advocating medical marijuana as a safer and more effective treatment for their children, we cannot ignore such overwhelming concerns from the medical community,” said Gov. Hickenlooper in the veto letter. He went on to say, “In vetoing this bill, we do so on sole concern that medical efficacy on MMJ to treat ASD has yet to be fully studied by medical professionals and scientific experts entrusted to this role at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).”

Additionally, an executive order will be issued directing CDPHE, in coordination with the Board of Health, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders in children.