Senate Bill 305, also called The Compassionate Access to Cannabis Act, has been tabled (this week) before a Senate Committee in California. The bill is intended to allow patients who are terminally ill to access medical marijuana while they are in hospital or other care facilities.
The bill is also referred to as “Ryan’s Law.” Ryan Bartell lost his life to pancreatic cancer at 42 years of age last year. After he was diagnosed with the disease, Ryan received high doses of prescription opiates in the Washington-based facility where he was admitted.
His family wanted to switch to cannabis, but they were dismayed to learn that the hospital where Ryan was admitted could not accept the use of cannabis on its premises. The Cannabis Nurses Network came to the rescue of the family and helped them to move the patient to another hospital where he could receive cannabis medications.
The cannabis medications produced astonishing results because Ryan remained alert and pain-free throughout his final days. In contrast, the opiates he had previously been taking kept him barely conscious and the pain didn’t go away.
Upon the death of Ryan, his father (Jim Bartell) hired a lawyer to help him to draft The Compassionate Access to Cannabis Act in memory of his son. Jim Bartell didn’t want other patients to be restricted to opiates that would deny them the chance to have some quality time with their families in their final days.
The federal Drug-Free Workplace Act compels all institutions that receive funding from the federal government to prevent the distribution and use of controlled substances, such as marijuana.
The bill before California’s senate committee wants to provide a way for medical facilities to put in place mechanisms by which patients receiving end-of-life care can, upon the recommendation of their doctor, access cannabis within the healthcare facility.
The bill will prevent a scenario in which hospitals scramble to find a way to provide medical marijuana. Instead, they will plan ahead so that once a patient or their doctor requests for medical cannabis, then the hospital would simply activate the system that they had established proactively.
If enacted, the bill will play a big role in bringing medical marijuana into the mainstream as far as the field of medicine is concerned. The stigma against medical marijuana can reduce drastically with this one measure.
VPR Brands, LP (OTC: VPRB) and Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) earnestly hope that Ryan’s Law is passed so that medical cannabis takes its rightful place among the treatments that patients can receive while in hospital.
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