A bill that would have classified cannabis as a potential medication for people with autism was vetoed by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper yesterday. This was one of several rejected bills, including one that would have allowed cannabis 'tasting rooms' to be established in the state.
"If we sign that bill we end up, without question, in some way encouraging more young people to look at this as an antidote for their problems," Hickenlooper told The Denver Post, making a strong statement on cannabis and autism that some legislators have taken issue with.
"The reality is the traditional pharmaceuticals aren’t always the right choice for these kids, either," said Senator Steve Fenberg, one of the bill's lead sponsors.
"This is for people who have kids who at the end of the day are hurting themselves. It’s not a justification to be able to smoke pot. It’s genuinely about medicine to help people. And there’s science behind it."
Another bill that cannabis advocates hoped Hickenlooper would pass has also been shot down by the Colorado governor. On Monday he rejected a bill that would have allowed for cannabis tasting rooms, establishments that would have operated similarly to bars allowing patrons to buy and consume cannabis products on site.
Hickenlooper cited concerns of impaired driving as his primary concern in regards to social cannabis establishments.
"We may agree with the proponents’ goals to protect the public and children; however, we strongly disagree that this bill is the correct path to achieve those goals."