The new law, which takes effect on July 21, permits physicians to authorize patients with moderate or severe insomnia to use medical marijuana. It also permits adults and/or pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to receive medical cannabis recommendations under specific circumstances.
The Governor also signed into law House Bill 163, which directs health department officials and staff at medical cannabis dispensaries to provide materials and counseling specific to the potential “risk of cannabis use during pregnancy.” Studies have generally shown inconsistent results with respect to maternal marijuana use and neonatal health outcomes.
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