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SunLit Interview: KM Merritt sought humor with heart for her heroes with disabilities

Kendra Merritt has relied on books as an escape for as long as she can remember. She used to hide fantasy novels behind her government textbook in high school, and she wrote most of her first novel during a semester of college algebra. Older and wiser now (but just as nerdy) she writes comedic fantasy […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Wilson: Black and vaxxed — a complicated history clashes with the future of Senate Bill 163

I know fear when I hear it. Real fear was palpable on both sides of the debate at the state Capitol.   The question at hand; does Senate Bill 163 intrude on our constitutional rights by making school-entry immunization the standard for a targeted 95% of all children, leaving even less room for “nonmedical exemptions?”   Sitting […]

Posted inEducation, News, Politics and Government

Parents of students with autism want behavior therapists allowed in Colorado classrooms

David Quinlan’s 9-year-old son, who has autism, has experienced great progress in how he communicates and copes thanks to 30 to 35 hours a week of applied behavior analysis therapy. But the only way Quinlan can fit that much specialized therapy into the week is to pull his son out of his Cherry Creek School […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado vowed to end the waitlist for an adult disability program by 2020. Nearly 3,000 people are still waiting.

Like most people in their 20s, Brennan Froehlke wants to move out of his parents’ house and share a place with friends.  His parents, Margaret and Bob Froehlke, have been meticulously planning for the day for more than 12 years. That’s how long ago they signed up for a developmental and intellectual disabilities program –– […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Politics and Government

Polis signs into law bills on marijuana delivery, social use and investment that will change the pot industry

 Laws signed by Colorado’s governor could bring big changes to the state’s marijuana industry, including the creation of businesses where people can consume cannabis and companies that deliver marijuana products. The changes don’t take effect immediately. Voters in a city or county must first approve of allowing both new varieties of marijuana businesses. State regulators […]

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

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, […]

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With 63-0 vote, a bill allowing medical marijuana to treat autism passes the Colorado House

The Colorado House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing medical marijuana use to treat autism spectrum disorders. The legislation had strong bipartisan support, passing 63-0 on Thursday. The bill now heads to the Senate where lawmakers in that chamber are expected to clear the measure, too. Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign the legislation if […]