January 21, 2015

Maine Senator Introduces Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana At Hospitals

January 21, 2015
sherbrooke hospital medical marijuana

sherbrooke hospital medical marijuanaHospitals should be places where patients go to get better. Hospitals should be places where you are allowed to take medicine that helps your health. However, if a patient tries to consume medical marijuana at a hospital, they are likely to get kicked out, which is sad. One Senator in Maine wants to change that. Senator Eric Brakey has introduced a bill that would allow consumption of medical marijuana at Maine hospitals. Per the Bangor Daily News:

State Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, is sponsoring legislation that would allow medical marijuana patients legal access to their prescriptions in a hospital.

Brakey’s bill, LD 35: An Act To Allow a Qualifying Patient To Use Medical Marijuana in a Hospital, is a response to federal licensing laws that prohibit patients from using legally prescribed medical marijuana in the hospital.

According to a news release issued by Brakey’s office, the issue recently has been in the spotlight in Maine because of a Dixfield mother’s efforts to ensure her daughter, who suffers from severe epilepsy, could have access to her medical marijuana during a hospital stay.

I get that smoking is not allowed at hospitals, marijuana or otherwise. But if a patient wants to consume a smokeless for of medical marijuana while they are being treated at a hospital, I don’t see what the problem is. Patients should be served at a hospital in a way that is consistent with compassion, and not be denied service for political reasons. Marijuana is medicine, and patients should be allowed to use it, especially at hospitals.


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