A bill is now sitting on the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper which, if signed, would legalize the use of medical marijuana by those with autism.
It has been 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.
Supporters of the bill feel medical marijuana including the psychoactive component can be a valuable medicine in dealing with autism. Some people are already using for it their children who qualify under special conditions. One example is the Kropp family in Pueblo County.
Kolt may look like your ordinary 10-year-old boy, but his family feels there has been a transformation.
They credit medical marijuana for taming his severe autism.
They had been living in Arizona. Kolt’s mother, Jamie Kropp, says her son was combative and self-destructive.
“I’m sitting at my wit’s end crying not knowing what I can do for my son, but I knew he could have a better quality of life,” she said.
While Arizona does have legal medical marijuana, she says Kolt did not qualify, so she researched and found cannabis was having positive effects on children with autism in some cases. She decided to bring her family to Colorado.
“I knew if I came to Colorado I would be protected, that I could get Kolt his medical card and start treating him with cannabis,” she said.