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Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act aka “Ryan’s Law”, California Senate Bill 311

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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. 

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

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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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The Human Stories Behind Ryan’s Law SB 311

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’...

The Ethical and Legal Approach to Medical Cannabis at the Bedside

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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