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Medical Marijuana Users In Need Of Organ Transplants In California Are Now Protected

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In the state of California, more than 75,000 people are registered Medical Cannabis Card holders. Many of these cannabis users, however, have been made ineligible for organ transplants because of their marijuana medication.

Health organizations set rules regarding the qualifications of patients for organ transplants and have opted not to include medical marijuana patients on the waiting list. A newly approved bill aims to make these patients qualified to possibly undergo organ transplants when needed.

According to medical studies, there is no significance in the difference of survival rates between patients using medical cannabis and those who do not, as far as organ transplant is concerned.

The bill introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael in February proposed to include Section 7151.36 to the Health and Safety Code, with regard to organ transplants. The bill basically prohibits hospitals, physicians, surgeons, procurement organizations and other persons from determining the recipient of an organ based on the recipient’s qualification for medical cannabis.

The legislation, which will take effect in January 2016, aims to provide equal rights to both medical marijuana users and non-users in receiving organs for transplant.

If you live in California, please take a moment to contact your California legislators about this important Bill. Let them know that you support it. It is encouraged that you submit a personalized letter if you or a loved one could benefit from the legal access of medical marijuana.

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