Are there any state laws that allow patients to use medical cannabis-based products in hospitals and certain healthcare facilities?
Yes. In September 2021, California Governor G. Newsom signed “Ryan’s Law” – legislation that expands end-of-life treatment options for Californians by requiring that hospitals and certain types of healthcare facilities in the state allow terminally-ill patients to use medical cannabis for treatment and/or pain relief. “Ryan’s Law,” (SB311) “requires healthcare facilities to reasonably restrict the manner in which a patient stores and uses medical cannabis to ensure the safety of other patients, guests, and employees of the healthcare facility. It does NOT apply to patients receiving emergency care, and smoking and vaping cannabis is expressly PROHIBITED. The legislation does NOT require the health facility to provide the medicinal cannabis, nor does it require the facility to dispense the cannabis from the pharmacy.” “Currently, the US DOJ is prohibited to use any federal funds to interfere with state medical cannabis laws… SB 311 includes a strong safe harbor clause that would allow facilities to suspend compliance should any federal agency initiate an enforcement action or indicate its interest in once again enforcing federal cannabis laws.” 🍂 New accredited CME/CE courses. Use coupon code FALL20 and save 20% on any course! 🍂