California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday a bill that will protect medical marijuana patients from being denied organ transplants. The bill prohibits doctors and hospitals from denying such transplants because of a patient’s marijuana use, unless cannabis use is medically significant to the surgery.
AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, was introduced by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D.-San Rafael) and sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA).
The bill was written to address the routine denial of organ transplants to medical marijuana patients.
“AB 258’s passage is the result of ASA’s membership tirelessly work for over two years,” said Don Duncan, who heads ASA’s California branch. “Governor Brown deserves credit for protecting medical cannabis patients from this harmful discriminatory practice that has no bias in medical research.”
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