California Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Prohibit Patients from being Denied Organ Transplants

Medical-MarijuanaCalifornia’s Senate Health Committee has unanimously passed a bill that would prohibit medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants based on their cannabis use, or their status as a qualified patient. The proposal has already passed the state’s full Assembly with a 52 to 8 vote.

Specifically, Assembly Bill 258 will ensure that “A hospital, physician and surgeon, procurement organization, or other person shall not determine the ultimate recipient of an anatomical gift based solely upon a potential recipient’s status as a qualified patient… or based solely on a positive test for the use of medical marijuana by a potential recipient who is a qualified patient.”

Assembly Bill 258 now heads towards a full Senate vote, where its passage will send it to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration.

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