California Governor Signs Law Allowing Use of Medicinal Cannabis Products in Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities
California grants access to medical cannabis in hospitals for terminally ill patients. “Ryan's Law” will expand end-of-life treatment and pain relief options for Californians.
Le Bill 311 of the Senate (aka Ryan's Law) provides for "the use by a terminally ill patient of medical cannabis in a health care setting." The proposal prohibits patients from inhaling or vape cannabis products and restricts the use of any form of cannabis in emergency rooms.
Senator Hueso, main sponsor of the bill, has declared : "It is inconceivable to me that in a state where medical cannabis was legalized over 25 years ago, those who suffer the most and who receive treatment in health facilities in our state cannot access this proven, effective and prescribed treatment. Instead, terminally ill patients in California healthcare facilities are given heavy opiates that rob them of their precious last moments with family and friends. This is a simple, but essential step that will bring relief, compassion and dignity to terminally ill Californians. ”
Ellen Komp, Deputy Director of California NORML, a declared : “Federal law and various industry regulations continue to hamper the rights of consumers to use medical and recreational marijuana, in California and elsewhere. Cal NORML continues to advocate for the rights of employees and patients to use cannabis safely and effectively. Cal NORML supporters sent out 750 letters to Governor Newsom on SB 311 via our Action Alert. "
Lawmakers passed a similar law in 2019, but it was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who expressed concern that it "would create significant conflicts between the law federal and state law. In July, the mover of the bill wrote a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services asking if allowing such use on hospital grounds could jeopardize federal funding for hospitals. establishments.