Medical Pot: Coming to a Hospital Near You
Hospitalized patients may soon be able to access medical pot. Legislation recently signed into law by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, LD 726, permits qualified patients to access non-inhaled preparations of medical marijuana in hospitals. Under the law, neither the hospital administration nor its staff is subject to criminal, civil, or disciplinary action for permitting patients to use cannabis during their admission.
Patients would not necessarily be provided or administered medical marijuana by hospital staff, but could be provided cannabis products by third parties.
Maine’s governor is not one who is typically associated with progressive drug policies. In the past, he’s suggested public executions for illicit drug traffickers
Maine is the first state to explicitly provide immunity to hospitals that permit patients to medicate with cannabis. Similar language is pending in Connecticut as part of legislation to expand that state’s medical cannabis law. That bill, HB 5450, would permit nurses to administer marijuana to qualified patients. It awaits action from Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Separate provisions in LD 726 establish licensing protocols for marijuana testing facilities and the labeling of medical cannabis products.
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