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Medical Marijuana Condition Autism

Concerning the conditions for medical marijuana use for disabling medical conditions, and, in connection therewith, adding autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling medical conditions for medical marijuana use.
2019 Regular Session
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

Medical marijuana - disabling medical conditions - autism spectrum disorders. The act adds autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling medical conditions that authorize a person to use medical marijuana for his or her condition. Under current law, a child under 18 years of age who wants to be added to the medical marijuana registry for a disabling medical condition must be diagnosed as having a disabling medical condition by 2 physicians, one of whom must be a board-certified pediatrician, a board-certified family physician, or a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who attests that he or she is part of the patient's primary care provider team. The act removes the additional requirements on specific physicians to align with the constitutional provisions for a debilitating medical condition. The act states if the recommending physician is not the patient's primary care physician, the recommending physician shall review the records of a diagnosing physician or a licensed mental health provider acting within its scope of practice.

The act encourages the state board of health, when awarding marijuana study grants, to prioritize grants to gather objective scientific research regarding the efficacy and the safety of administering medical marijuana for pediatric conditions, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (8 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    04/02/2019 Signed Act PDF
    03/28/2019 Final Act PDF
    03/20/2019 Rerevised PDF
    03/19/2019 Revised PDF
    02/07/2019 Reengrossed PDF
    02/06/2019 Engrossed (2) PDF
    01/25/2019 Engrossed PDF
    01/04/2019 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details