Michelle Walker moved her family to Colorado from Texas in 2017 looking for relief for her son, who suffers from severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and epileptic seizures — and she found it. Walker says that her ten-year-old boy, Vincent Zuniga, has seen astonishing progress since they moved to Colorado in order to get access to medical marijuana. As a result, they’ve been able to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Coors Field and other public places they wouldn’t have dreamed of going to before Vincent’s new medication.
“We could never do these things without medical cannabis,” Walker explains. “It allows us to live this quality of life the best we can.” She is able to give her son high-CBD cannabis medication because he qualified for a medical marijuana card because of his seizures, one of the nine qualifying medical conditions for cannabis in Colorado. She points out that many severely autistic children who aren’t epileptic still suffer from debilitating conditions, but MMJ isn’t an option for them because ASD doesn’t qualify as a medical marijuana condition in Colorado.