Marin hospital could be First in State to allow Medical Marijuana Regulation

If Dr. Larry Bedard has his way, Marin General Hospital would become the first acute-care medical Marijuana Regulation center in California to allow patients to openly consume medical marijuana in the hospital. Marin General Hospital near San Francisco Patients wouldn’t be allowed to smoke it, since smoking is prohibited. But Bedard, a retired emergency physician at Marin General who now serves on the Marin Healthcare District board, says he knows of no other legally prescribed drug that cannot openly be used by patients in a hospital.

Dr, Larry Bedard outside Marin General Hospital Greenbrae, CA “I know that it happens that it’s being used in the hospital, but it’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” Bedard said. “It’s kind of wink-and-nod medicine.”

The doctor is taking steps toward bringing it out into the open by introducing a resolution at Tuesday’s board meeting for Marin Healthcare District, which governs Marin General. The resolution, if approved, would direct the hospital’s administrative and medical staff to review and research the clinical and legal implications of using medical marijuana in the hospital and report back to the board.

Bedard initially planned to introduce a resolution to allow patient use in the hospital but Marijuana Regulation stepped back from that last month after the Drug Enforcement Agency declined to remove marijuana from its list of dangerous drugs, keeping it in the same category as such drugs as heroin and LSD.

A 2015 federal budget amendment protects patients, doctors and hospitals from prosecution if they’re complying with state cannabis laws. California legalized medical marijuana in 1996. But Bedard opted to slow down in light of the DEA decision and potential concerns by the hospital’s administration over jeopardizing its federal Medicare and Medi-Cal contracts.

The real changes to the medical marijuana industry won’t happen until Jan. 1, 2018, when the main provisions of the state Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, the package of laws that will regulate Marijuana Regulation virtually every aspect of the cannabis industry, go into effect. Gov.

Jerry Brown signed the long-awaited legislation into law in October in anticipation of the potential legalization of recreational marijuana use. Proposition 64, which would allow adults over the age of 21 to legally use the drug for nonmedical purposes, is on the Nov. 8 ballot. Click here to continue reading the published article.

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