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New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 18, 2016

    oil_bottlesLegislation recently signed into law in Connecticut and Maine permit for the use of medicinal marijuana formulations by hospitalized patients.

    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday signed legislation, HB 5450, to protect nurses who administer medical marijuana to qualified patients in hospital settings from any criminal, civil, or disciplinary action. Other provisions in the bill expand the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy to include those under the age of 18, and seek to establish a state-sponsored research program.

    In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage recently signed LD 726 into law, which similarly protects hospital administrators and staff from criminal or civil liability if they permit qualified patients access to non-inhaled preparations of medical marijuana in hospitals. Under the law, patients would not necessarily be provided or administered medical marijuana by hospital staff, but could be provided cannabis products by third parties.

    Separate provisions in LD 726 establish licensing protocols for marijuana testing facilities and the labeling of medical cannabis products.

    Connecticut and Maine are the first states to explicitly provide immunity to hospitals that permit patients to medicate with cannabis.

    A summary of 2016 state legislation is online from NORML’s Take Action Center here.

    17 Responses to “New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals”

    1. I’ve been hearing a lot about medical marijuana lately on the news and how its becoming more and more legalized. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, but after seeing its proper used and how it can help people with very severe medical conditions, I see it in a new light. It’s cool how we have natural substances like this that can help people if it is used properly.

    2. Julian says:

      The law still has to say “recommends” to protect the nurse or doctor from losing their license still, correct?

      Incidentally, if you live in the state of Texas waiting for improvement to the Compassionate Use Act, two bits of good news;
      1) The Children’s Hospital in Houston Texas is performing whole plant marijuana treatment trials for children with epilepsy. Whether you are a struggling marijuana refugee family or stuck in Texas without access to reliable, safe strains of marijuana concentrates, Get signed up right away and get relief for your child.
      2) The Republican party, thanks to marijuana activists and allies within the legislature, has voted to add to their platform the improvement of the Compassionate Use Act. The focus among marijuana reform groups in Texas is to change the language from “prescribes” to “recommends” so doctors won’t lose their license in conflict with federal law, and of course, expanding the law to add veterans access, and anyone who suffers from seizures.

    3. Mark Mitcham says:

      Now that Governor Paul LePage has signed LD726, he is complicit in the sales and distribution of marijuana.

      Yet Governor Paul LePage has openly called for the death penalty for drug dealers (see previous blog by Keith Stroup: The Governor actually called for the state to “bring back the guillotine” to publicly behead drug traffickers!) As drug warriors go, he’s the looniest of the loony.

      This begs the question: does he intend to chop off his own head? And if so, would he be willing to issue himself a last-minute pardon?

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        Priest: “Wonderful news, Governor! The Governor is on the line, with a stay-of-execution!”

        Gov. LePage: “Hold on a minute, I’m on the phone.”

        • Julian says:

          “Whuddya mean who am I talkin to? It’s my PR guy… John Miller.”

        • Julian says:

          “Oh, there’s my tin hat… Y’know what governor? I don’t need your pardon… My television-spaceship is ready now… Good by earth!”
          (Staff member 1: “Is the Governor talking to himself?”
          Staff member 2: “I don’t know, just roll with it; maybe he’ll chop his own head off with a guillotine.”)

    4. Gene says:

      The sad part in this hole thing is the fact the government has had a patent on using marijuana for medical reasons for years, yet they keep it illegal saying it has no medical value. This should be available everywhere, for medical and recreation. Shame on our politicians. Money is more important to them then Freedom or your health

    5. Carebarenurse says:

      Let’s understand that medical marijuana legalization is blocked by Big Pharma!! As a registered nurse for 18 years, I oppose anything that keeps potentially lifesaving medications from easily reaching patients. We have gotten this country hooked on opiates, creating new meds to treat the side effects of narcotics which will produce revenue for the pharmaceutical companies, but as a nation will not legalize a natural cure for so many acute and chronic health problems? C’mon man!!!

    6. Voice in the Wilderness says:

      The Government should be prosecuted for taking the liberty of making a “All Natural Plant” misrepresenting it as a control substance and making money off of the use of a perfectly designed by the Creator of All things as a healing God given Plant.
      They keep trying to find a way to make money where Jesus over turned the money tables. Every Country that turns against any naturally grown beneficial for the Health of it’s People , should be shown the door to leave office and fined for their odassidy. And should be assigned someone to watch what other destruction they might be trying to provoke. Get Real with Life, it’s bad enough People have to Stop GMO freakenstein Productions by Banning Them. Leave Nature Alone. Something perfect does not need any help from Man or Women period. When the Powers of Government go against the People it is paid to Serve, it’s Time to Vote them OUT.

    7. Voice in the Wilderness says:

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      Oct 27, 2015 – Hemp seeds, which are technically a nut and are also known as “hemp hearts,” are rich in healthy fats, protein, and minerals. Hemp seeds are composed of more than 30 percent healthy fats, including the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid (plant-based omega-3).

      6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds – Authority Nutrition
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      Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked with several health benefits (1).

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    8. Voice in the Wilderness says:

      Take heed People ! the signs are everywhere, Our Earth is suffering at the hands of greed and lovers of Money over Life, for every living thing.

      Hemp is the One Plant source that can purify and correct Our Living Planets O-zone layer, help to purify Our Water’s as well as other Plant life using it’s natural insect repellent properties, back into perfect balance. The very Cure of Earth’s Needs. Those who have tryed to demonize hemp, have been selling a bill of no good to the Balance of Nature. Their reward is coming to them, in just portion to their disregard to God’s Law, To “Do No Harm to No-thing or Person”. It is written.
      Be thoughtful using good Wisdom, turn from temptation. The battle is not over flesh, but over coming fleshly desires of haughtiness, greed, adveress, coveting, false self entitlements.

    9. Voice in the Wilderness says:

      Now knowing the Truth, ask yourself Why would your chosen supposed elected officials choose to ban and profit from incarcerating people who wants to be healthy without pain?
      People be wise, voice your need to Legalize Hemp, everywhere. For each and everyone. It is Safe, non addictive and No adverse effects of any kind. it actually helps focus on whatever you are doing and is going on. Driving or operating equipment included, like anything too much is not a good thing, but by default this plant doesn’t promote business when one has overused. one would simply want to rest. And healing Occurs during sleep.

    10. Voice in the Wilderness says:

      Would it not be wise to criminalize toxins rather than health reviving properties of a natural plant?
      If our Gov. is lacking in something to TAX by all means vote to TAX TOXINS !

      • Julian says:

        Prohibition of any toxin would be the creation of another black market. Just because marijuana is non toxic does not justify the prohibition of a toxin. Want a sin tax? Fine, vote on it. Want God to justify legalization? Fine, pray on it. Give to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is God’s.

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