Freshman State Senator Submits Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana In Hospitals

MAINE:  State Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, is sponsoring legislation that would allow medical marijuana patients legal access to their prescriptions in a hospital.

Brakey’s bill, LD 35: An Act To Allow a Qualifying Patient To Use Medical Marijuana in a Hospital, is a response to federal licensing laws that prohibit patients from using legally prescribed medical marijuana in the hospital.

According to a news release issued by Brakey’s office, the issue recently has been in the spotlight in Maine because of a Dixfield mother’s efforts to ensure her daughter, who suffers from severe epilepsy, could have access to her medical marijuana during a hospital stay.

Brakey’s bill adds hospitals to the universe of medical facilities, where qualifying patients may use and store forms of smokeless, prepared marijuana and eliminates the ability of these medical facilities to prohibit or restrict the use or storage of smokeless, prepared marijuana by a qualifying patient.


Quebec Hospital To Allow Medical Marijuana Use In Rooms

CANADA: Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at Quebec’s Sherbrooke University Hospital Centre have unanimously approved the use of medical marijuana in patients’ rooms.

“By law we are here to help to maintain and promote and heal patients. So in the process, if at one point marijuana has to be used, we should be there for the patient,” said Dr. Serge Lepage, president of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists (CMDP) at the Sherbrooke Hospital.

The decision comes after the late Charles Bury, the longtime former editor of the Sherbrooke Record, stirred up controversy by asking if he could use prescribed marijuana in his room while in palliative care for Stage 4 liver cancer.