California Hospital Could be First to Let Patients Consume Cannabis On-Site

Article by Tess Allen, Civilized

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Patients at a California hospital could soon be allowed to openly use medical marijuana, pending approval from its governing board.

KQED News reports that Marin General Hospital could become the first hospital in the state to allow its patients to use cannabis, following the Marin Healthcare District Board’s Sept. 13 decision to ask its staff to investigate the clinical and legal issues of the idea.

Larry Bedard, the board member who proposed that the idea be investigated, told KQED News that medical marijuana is already being used “under cover” at hospitals. It’s preferable that patients be open about it so that their doctors better understand the full range of medications they’re taking, said Bedard.

This wouldn’t mean patients would be allowed to smoke cannabis in their hospital rooms, however. Bedard said that since smoking isn’t permitted in hospital buildings, the medical marijuana could be administered through other products like edibles.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, said hospitals would be the ideal place for supervising the use of medical marijuana.

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