Governor signs bill allowing medical marijuana to be used for autism

DENVER — On World Autism Awareness Day, Governor Jared Polis signed a bill that expands medical marijuana use. Advocates have been fighting for two years to add autism to a list of qualifying medical conditions in Colorado.

“I definitely believe it’s going to help kids for many reasons,” said Michelle Walker, a parent of an autistic child who has other conditions that qualified him for medical marijuana. “One of the biggest reasons is I’ve seen it. I’ve seen my son’s life change. I’ve seen our family’s life change. It’s done a 180, and we’re not the only ones.”

Walker and her family moved to Colorado for the sole reason of obtaining medical marijuana for her son. He was able to start using medical marijuana to treat his seizures but said she also noticed a difference in his overall behavior.

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