New cannabis bills under consideration include relief for minors and opioid patients

 

Last update: March 8, 2019

 

Colorado’s General Assembly is back in session and, among other cannabis-related bills, lawmakers are focusing on challenges faced by medical cannabis patients, including those who are minors.

HB 1028 would add autism spectrum disorder to the list of qualifying medical conditions and would adjust the two physician requirement. While minor patients would still need two recommending physicians, the measure would remove the requirement that one of the doctors be either a pediatrician or child and adolescent psychiatrist. Another measure, HB 1031, would allow each of the minor’s parents or guardians to serve as the patient’s caregiver. Under current law, patients, including minors, may have only one caregiver.

Meanwhile, SB 13 would mark a major improvement to the state medical cannabis law by including any condition for which a doctor could prescribe an opioid. As our nation and Colorado face the ravages of harmful opioids, this option provides a welcome alternative for patients seeking safer medicine. And just like HB 1028, this measure would also remove the requirement for minors that one of the doctors be either a pediatrician or child and adolescent psychiatrist.

These measures would mark a significant improvement to the state’s medical cannabis law and deserve strong support! Ask your state lawmakers to support these important bills.


Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains

 

In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves "medical refugees," and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.

If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.