Feds and state work to clarify rules for medical cannabis in hospitals
In 2019, citing legal uncertainties, Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have allowed the use of medical cannabis products by patients in hospitals. Now, the state and federal government are working to clarify the legal perimeters so that medicinal use by severely ill patients might finally be allowed.
Sen. Ben Hueso (D-Chula Vista) has sponsored a bill to allow terminally ill patients to access cannabis in healthcare facilities. He has reached out to both state and federal authorities for clarification. Both the Governor’s office and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra have told him they’re looking into the matter. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has already stated there are no current federal rules that address this issue.
Hueso’s legislation was prompted in part by the plight of a terminally ill cancer patient who was denied access to medical cannabis at a California hospital. Since the man’s death, his father Jim Bartell has been lobbying for compassionate use in healthcare facilities.
Bartell believes Hueso’s legislation will eventually pass.
“We are very confident that this law will be in place next year to aid patients and families in California,” he told Marijuana Moment.