Maine Committee Passes Legislation to Prevent Medical Marijuana Patients from Being Denied Organ Transplants

A key committee in Maine has given approval to legislation designed to protect medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants.

LD 764 has been given approval by the Join Standing Committee on Health and Human Services with a close 7 to 6 vote. According to its summary, “This bill prohibits the medical use of marijuana from being the sole disqualifying factor in determining a person’s suitability for receiving an anatomical gift.” The measure was filed by State Representative Deborah Sanderson (R) along with eight bipartisan cosponsors.

Below is the full text of the one-page measure:

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Study: THC May Prevent Organs From Being Rejected During Transplants

thcannabisTetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the primary compounds found in the cannabis plant, may prevent the rejection of organs during a transplant, according to a study published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

“We are excited to demonstrate for the first time that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in the prolongation of rejection of a foreign graft by suppressing immune response in the recipient,” says Mitzi Nagarkatti, Ph.D., a researcher from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. “This opens up a new area of research that would lead to better approaches to prevent transplant rejection as well as to treat other inflammatory diseases.”

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