Governor Newsom signs Ryan’s Law to allow cannabis for terminally ill patients

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A new law in California will give terminally ill patients in hospitals access to legal cannabis

“Ryan Law,” a piece of legislation that was introduced by state Senator Ben Hueso, seeks to allow hospitals and health care facilities to allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis for pain relief. The idea is to reduce the use of opioids in these types of patients. Fortunately, Hueso’s efforts have paid off, as California Governor Gavin Newsom has given the bill the go-ahead.

“It is inconceivable to me that, in a state where medical cannabis was legalized more than 25 years ago, those in deepest suffering receiving treatment in our state’s healthcare facilities cannot access this proven, effective, and prescribed treatment,” said Hueso, who represents south San Diego County, after the governor’s signature on Tuesday.

Hueso adds that today’s terminally ill patients in the Golden State’s healthcare facilities often receive opioid drugs that, instead of relieving severe pain, rob them of their precious last moments with family and friends. Through medical marijuana, this scenario can change, and that is exactly what the Senator is seeking.

The bill was named in honor of Ryan Bartell, a California native who died three years ago after fighting a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. During his last weeks of life, Bartell received heavy medication, such as morphine and fentanyl, leaving him unable to stay awake with family friends. At the time, using medical cannabis in hospitals was prohibited for fears of federal intervention. His family eventually decided to move Bartell to another facility that would allow medical cannabis, which would allow him a quality of life during his final days.

Hueso wants this scenario to never happen again to any other family in the state and says he is very pleased to know that the governor backed his initiative by signing the bill into law. Many people will now be able to choose to have a better quality of life through the increasingly popular medical marijuana.