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The Secret Behind Ryan's Law: California Pharmacists Fight for End of Life Cannabis Access

Be Informed. Be Well. With John Malanca

English - September 11, 2023 20:00 - 21 minutes - 15.2 MB
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Join Host John Malanca as he visits with PharmD, Dr. Leah Johnson as they discuss Ryan's Law and how CA Pharmacists are pushing for Legal Cannabis Access for End of Life Patients Nationwide. Please follow Dr. Johnson here as she and her group lead in this fight for patients rights. On September 28, 2021, Governor Newsom approved Senate Bill 311, better known as “Ryan’s Law.” The legislation requires hospitals and certain health facilities to allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis, subject to certain restrictions. Governor Newsom had previously vetoed a prior iteration of the bill (SB 305) in 2019, owing to fears that participating hospitals or hospices might jeopardize Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) reimbursements if they permitted medical cannabis onsite, as marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Sponsoring Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) spoke to the repeated setbacks facing the legislation: “It is inconceivable to me that, in a state where medical cannabis was legalized more than 25 years ago, those in deepest suffering receiving treatment in our state’s healthcare facilities cannot access this proven, effective, and prescribed treatment.”

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