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Gov. Polis signs bill authorizing medical marijuana use for autism into law

Then-Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a similar bill last year, citing a need for more research

Cannabis plants grow inside RiNo Supply's cultivation facility near Lafayette on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado has added autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling medical conditions eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

Gov. Jared Polis signed a bipartisan bill into law Tuesday.

Autism spectrum disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome and other developmental disorders whose symptoms range from mild to severe.

Colorado law also allows medical marijuana use for cancer, glaucoma, HIV, PTSD, seizures and severe pain.

The law makes it easier for minors with disabling conditions to be added to Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. It also encourages state research into medical marijuana’s effectiveness in treating ovarian cancer, dementia and other medical conditions.

Then-Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a similar bill last year, citing a need for more research. Hickenlooper also rejected a measure passed by the Colorado legislature in 2018 allowing for marijuana “tasting rooms.”

Another tasting rooms bill, which would allow marijuana-shop patrons to consume their purchase at the store where they bought it, is making its way through the Capitol again this year.