First up, earlier in the week. Cannabis tasting rooms are out. Well…. this time anyway
And just a few hours ago he decided he wouldn’t support a bill for Autism patients to use medical cannabis
Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Allow Autism Patients To Use Marijuana
Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill that would have legalized the use of medical marijuana by those with autism.
The bill was passed by both the House and Senate with strong support, but the head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does not back it.
Before vetoing the bill the governor expressed concerns about it.
“He has made concerns known that he is worried about the safety of marijuana. For autism, there are studies that show cannabis is safe for children,” said Walker.
The governor revealed that he has autism and Asperger’s syndrome in his family.
“If we sign that bill, we end up without question in some way encouraging more young people to look at this for an antidote for their problems,” he said while taking questions from reporters.
“Whichever side you take, you have compelling arguments,” he added.
One of those cases involves Kolt of Pueblo West. His mother Jamie Kropp described a changed child after regularly taking marijuana with the psychoactive component THC.
Outside the Governor’s office she pleaded, “Please sign this. Don’t make us fight any more. Let us go play in the park.”
The governor’s office issued this statement Tuesday evening:
While we are very sympathetic with families advocating medical marijuana (MMJ) as a safer and more effective treatment for their children, we cannot ignore such overwhelming concerns from the medical community. 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).
Communication officials for the governor added “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.”