California Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis in Hospitals Heads to Governor’s Desk

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The Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law would allow patients in California with serious conditions to use non-smokable medical cannabis inside of hospitals. After receiving approval in California’s Assembly and Senate, Ryan’s Law and a bill regulating smokable hemp products both headed to the governor’s desk, amid a recall election. If and when it’s signed by the governor, Senate Bill 311 or Ryan’s Law would allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis in healthcare facilities. The proposal prohibits patients, however, from inhaling or vaping herbal cannabis products. It also restricts the use of any forms of cannabis in emergency rooms. Members of the California Assembly and Senate approved legislation and sent a bill to the Governor’s desk to allow the use of medical cannabis products within hospitals and other eligible health care facilities.  The California State Assembly voted 57-1 to approve the bill on September 9, and the Senate approved the other chamber’s amendments in a 36-1 vote the next day. The bill was pushed by State Senator Ben Hueso, who has fought to allow cannabis use in medical facilities for terminally ill patients repeatedly. In July, Hueso sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, asking them to provide clarification on whether hospitals in legal cannabis states can allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis without jeopardizing federal funding. I'm respectfully requesting that CMS & HHS provide clarification assuring Medicare/Medicaid providers they won't lose reimbursements for allowing #medicalcannabis use on their premises. This would go a long way to help hospital staff, security &, above all, patients. @SecBecerra pic.twitter.com/Zh9CJtujxc— Senator Ben Hueso (@SenBenHueso) July 29, 2021https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The bill “would require specified types of health care facilities to allow a terminally ill patient’s use…

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