ARIZONA: Arizona Autistics has provided the proof that the state requires to add Autism as a debilitating medical condition. It is very lengthy but to summarize, there is a recent Stanford study that shows that mutations associated with autism block the action of brain molecules that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on. This Stanford study that was produced in 2013 proves that compounds found in cannabis will help to treat autism. Arizona Autistics has also submitted their findings on the correlation between Fragile X syndrome and the application of cannabinoids.
The founder of Arizona Autistics states that, “When one researches Autism they will find the majority of information is on childrens autism and people have asked our opinion. Arizona Autistics does not officially condone the usage of marijuana for anyone under the age of 18.”
The founder of Arizona Autistics also has two autistic boys as autism is hereditary and he would not approve of their usage as minors.
The founder also states, “no autism is identical and there are different situations. Some will say this is okay for a child to use marijuana but we will tell you why this issue probably doesnt matter in the long run. Special needs parents are tough. If they have resorted to using drugs or marijuana with their children, then I doubt a law that would help to prevent it or promote it would be much of an issue. Simply put though, we are not here for the kids. There are more autistic adults than there are children and we are representing them in this matter. Two states have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. There are bars in Denver that dont serve beer, they smoke pot. Seattle has thrown out all of their marijuana possession cases that were pending when marijuana was legalized. In both Colorado and Washington, the drug sniffing dogs had to be retrained to no longer alert police to the smell of marijuana since it is fully legal. We are not here asking the state to retrain the dogs, we are just asking the state to be aware of the fact that autism exists and it needs a medication.”
The founder of Arizona Autistics has been involved with many aspects of Arizonas Medical Marijuana initiative. He has donated significant time and money to the proposition 203 campaign. He has also attended various meetings and contributed significantly during the rulemaking process. He wants to make sure that the Arizona program is a premier program so he is very familiar with all aspects of this law. During the campaign he noticed that the opponents of proposition 203 and medicinal marijuana had a strong point.
“There are already drugs that treat what medical marijuana can be used for. If you need marijuana for nausea during chemotherapy then we have Zofran for that. If you need marijuana for pain then we have Oxycontin for that. If you need a product just like medical marijuana, we have pharmaceutical medicinal marijuana called Marinol. It is somewhat similar to medical marijuana, just not natural like marijuana. We dont agree with those arguments but we completely understand the validity of that argument. Most will agree that the pharmaceutical industry has all the bases covered with the exception of adult autism; there is no medication for us to take. Autistics arent replacing something with marijuana like the others, for us its our only medication. Every condition included in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act has multiple pharmaceutical drugs that are approved for that condition. Marijuana is the only medication in the world that has shown to relieve symptoms of adult autism,” says the founder.
“With the proof that Arizona Autistics has provided and the research that the Department of Health Services and the respected University of Arizona will perform, we feel that we are in full compliance with state law and Autism should be added to the list of debilitating medical conditions. We urge Will Humble and his staff to approve Autism as the first debilitating condition added to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act since its election victory in 2010.”