The Colorado Board of Health has approved the regulations necessary to implement the state’s new medical cannabis laws, which were passed by the legislature in the 2019 session.
The regulations allow doctors, dentists, some nurses, and anyone with the ability to prescribe medication and a “valid license to practice within his or her scope of practice” to recommend medical cannabis to patients, according to a Westword report.
The new laws also add autism spectrum disorder to the list of the state’s qualifying conditions, and doctors can now recommend cannabis for any condition that qualifies for an opioid prescription. The rules underwent a few technical changes during their implementation period this summer before being formally approved by the Board of Health on Sept. 18, Westword reported.
The new rules take effect in six weeks, on Nov. 14.