Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a legislation that would require hospitals to allow some patients to use medical cannabis. The governor of California signed the bill, having revealed that his concerns about an initial version of the bill that he had vetoed had been resolved.
The sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Ben Hueso, has been advocating for the measure to allow marijuana use in health facilities for patients with terminal illnesses over multiple sessions. Recently, Hueso sent a letter to the head of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking for clarification on whether the change in policy would threaten federal funding for medical facilities that allowed for the plant’s use.
Confusion about the potential implications for allowing for the consumption of cannabis in medical facilities was what prompted Newsom’s veto decision in 2019. Representatives from the governor’s office as well as the Department of Health and Human Services reached out to the senator asserting that they were looking into the matter.
The senator also received a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which stated that there were no federal regulations that addressed this particular issue, noting that the agency was not aware of any cases where funds had been pulled because a medical facility permitted its patients to use medical marijuana. In a press release, Hueso stated that he was confident that medical facilities had the authority to implement the legislation’s provisions while ensuring the safety of other employees, guests and patients of the medical facility as they were in compliance state laws and had received confirmation from the safeguards in the law as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
However, there are a few restrictions that are included in the new law. For instance, vaping and smoking cannabis will be prohibited, and patients who receive treatment for emergency care will not be covered. The law also stipulates that health facilities will not be mandated to dispense or provide marijuana.
Newsom did not release a statement about the hospital legislation, which the governor’s office revealed that he’d signed, along with other unrelated bills. The governor has yet to sign legislation that would establish a regulatory framework for CBD sales derived from hemp. The legislation would also lift the ban on smokable hemp products.
In other news, activists in California have received clearance to start gathering signatures for a ballot measure for 2022 that would legalize psilocybin mushrooms in the state.
Now that patients in California can use medical cannabis within hospitable premises, it would be eye-opening to assess how beneficial enabling devices such as the RYAH Smart Inhaler made by RYAH Group Inc. (CSE: RYAH) can be for those patients.
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