SB 311 Would Finally Give Terminally Ill Patients Access to Cannabis in Hospitals

Terminally ill patients in some hospitals and health care facilities will be able to use non-smokable forms of cannabis under a bill making its way through the California Legislature.

Senate Bill 311, the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act (Ryan’s Law), was introduced by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and 11 co-authors: Senators Steven Bradford, Anna Caballero, Brian Jones, Melissa Melendez, Scott Wiener, and Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Wendy Carrillo, Cristina Garcia, Lorena Gonzalez, Jim Wood, and Phil Ting. It was named after Ryan Bartell, who passed away in 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His father, Jim, was a sponsor of SB 311.

Under the bill, hospitals can reasonably restrict patient storage and use of medical cannabis. The law does not apply to state hospitals or patients receiving emergency care.

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