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Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act aka “Ryan’s Law”, California Senate Bill 311
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Everything you need to be compliant
On September 28, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 311, also known as “Ryan’s Law”, requiring healthcare facilities to allow the use of medical cannabis on their premises for terminally ill patients with a valid medical cannabis card or/ recommendation from their physician. The law goes into effect January 1, 2022, and applies to all CA health care facilities including acute care hospitals, special hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, congregate living health facilities, or hospice providers (excluding chemical dependency recovery hospitals and state hospitals). Under this law only terminally ill patients are defined as a patient with a medical condition resulting in a prognosis of life of one year or less if the disease follows its natural course.
Physicians with terminally ill patients need only to provide written recommendation to their patients for the patients to utilize the rights created in SB 311. This is the same recommendation that is written for qualification of The Compassionate Use Act.
Health Care Provider Resources
- The Healthcare Facility Guide to Implementing Ryan’s Law
- NCSBN Guidelines for Medical Marijuana
Medical Cannabis Education for Licensed Medical Professionals
WEBINAR: Legal & Medical Considerations for Cannabis Use in the Clinical Setting
Did You Know…?
Cannabis Nurses Network was directly involved and influential in the authorship, lobbying and passing of Ryan’s Law in California. A co-author of this law, Ken Sobel Esq. is a legal counsel and educator for Cannabis Nurses Network – above and beyond his long history of advocacy, cannabis law and legalization around the globe.
Cannabis Nurses Network is offering a free education session for medical professionals and health care facility owners to learn the essentials during Legal and Medical Considerations for Cannabis Use in the Clinical Setting.
Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act
Legal & Medical Considerations for Cannabis Use in the Clinical Setting
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Everything a health care professional needs to know about Ryan’s Law SB 311 aka Compassionate Care Act, brought to you by the authors & advocates involved.
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Context, stories & detailed insights connected to Ryan’s Law
The Human Stories Behind Ryan’s Law SB 311
National Context for Ryan's Law While 36 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories allow medical cannabis use, the loose assemblage of state laws has resulted in a system riddled with inconsistencies. And despite growing recognition of cannabis’...
Essential: NCSBN Guidelines For The Nursing Care Of Patients Using Marijuana
The purpose of this article is to provide an Overview of the NCSBN Guidelines and recommendations for the Nursing Care of Patients Using Cannabis.Nursing Care of the Patient Using Medical Marijuana...
The Ethical and Legal Approach to Medical Cannabis at the Bedside
Many states within the U.S. adopted laws for the use of marijuana (or its constituents) for medical or recreational purposes, leaving policy makers with the difficult task of implementing regulations.Lamonica, A. K., Boeri, M., & Anderson, T. (2016). Gaps in...
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