California to allow terminally ill hospital patients to use medical marijuana 

That’s provided they’re not lighting up

By Kieran Delamont

2019-10-09

A new bill in California will make it mandatory for hospitals to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana. That’s provided they’re not lighting up. 

The bill, which has been passed by the state legislature, is known as Ryan’s Law. It’s named after Ryan Bartell, a medical marijuana user who died of pancreatic cancer last year. Bartell struggled with caregivers that prohibited his use of medical marijuana. He was eventually moved to a cannabis-tolerant facility where his health improved markedly. 

“Ryan’s Law offers relief, compassion, and dignity to Californians during the most vulnerable time of their lives,” says Senator Ben Hueso in a statement.

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