Last year there was plenty of support for adding autism to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Colorado. The bill passed all stages of debate and voting. It made it to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk. His signature was the last thing needed to make it law – instead, it was vetoed.
This legislative session, a new bill is quickly moving through the Legislature, the Colorado Springs Independent reports. A vote was supposed to take place last week, but has been delayed. Opposition isn’t expected.
Governor Jared Polis has already said that he was disappointed to see the legislation vetoed last year. He’s already said that if the legislation comes to his desk, he’ll sign it into law.
House Bill 1028 has already passed the House Committee on Health and Insurance. The House has the bill currently.
House Majority Leader Alec Garnett said, “I really respect Rep. Hooton for her leadership, representing a lot of families and parents on this issue. I want to thank her and Rep. Singer for bringing people to the table to help talk through some differences between stakeholders on this issue, and I’m confident that when Rep. Hooton gives me the cue that this bill will make it out of the House.”
In June, Governor Polis said, “HB 1263…would have helped Coloradans with autism receive the care that will help them go to school, start careers and live fulfilling lives. …I hope to see these thoughtful, bipartisan bills to help Coloradans with autism and grow our economy reintroduced in the next legislative session. If they are, and if I’m governor when that happens, I will gladly sign them into law.”
This signaled to lawmakers that if Polis were elected Governor, which he was, that they should introduce new legislation to add autism.