Medical marijuana users who need an organ transplant are often taken off waiting lists if their pot use is discovered.
A proposed California law would prevent doctors from discriminating against medical pot patients. Supporters of AB 258 rejoiced this week:
It passed the state Senate and moves on to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.
The legislation “prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process,” says Americans for Safe Access.
The bill was written by Assemblymember Marc Levine, a Democrat from San Rafael.
“The Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act will save lives and not discriminate in the organ transplant process,” he said.
It’s not a sure thing yet. ASA has started a postcard campaign to encourage Brown to sign the bill.
Don Duncan, ASA’s California Director, says:
AB 258 is about fundamental fairness and compassion. Legal medical cannabis patients should never face a choice between their doctor-recommended medicine and a life-saving organ transplant. AB 258 will help the law catch up with science, which has shown that medical cannabis patients are just as likely to benefit from an organ transplant as other patients.