Marinol and marijuana are not the same. There is a compelling story of how medical marijuana is bringing normalcy to the lives of an autistic child and his family. I encourage you to read it here.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a teacher at Brown University. She's the author of the novel, "Somebody's Daughter" and is a winner of the Richard Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting.
Part One of the story of her son and marijuana is here. And Part Two is here.
I have no experience with autism. I do have experience with raising a child with a chronic health problem. And, if marijuana would have lessened my daughter's suffering, I'd have been growing it in my backyard, legal or not.