Terminally ill patients in California are now allowed to receive medical cannabis treatments while in the hospital under a new law starting this year.
A new law in California that allows terminally ill patients to receive medical cannabis in hospitals took effect on January 1, the North Bay Business Journal reports. “The Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act,” or “Ryan’s Law,” was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in September.
Under the law, smoking or vaping cannabis in hospitals is not allowed. Additionally, there are protections in the law for hospitals and caregivers who may be concerned about the conflict the bill has with federal law, where cannabis remains illegal as a Schedule I narcotic, according to the report.
These conflicts have led to wariness from hospital executives and other healthcare professionals. Jan Emerson-Shea, spokesperson for the California Hospital Association, told the Journal the organization was “opposed to it at first,” describing the issue as a “conundrum for hospitals” rather than an issue of federal law or efficacy.
Published: January 17, 2022
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