Medical marijuana is for suffering patients. That seems obvious, but there are a lot of policies in America that prevent suffering patients form using medical marijuana. Hospitals are centers for suffering people. It’s where people go to be treated and hopefully healed. Marijuana is a proven medicine, so one would think that people would be able to use marijuana in hospitals in certain forms. I don’t think that anyone would rationally think that anyone would smoke anything (marijuana included) in a hospital, but administering cannabis oil or marijuana edibles to a patient in need doesn’t seem like a big deal.
But most hospitals in legal states don’t allow cannabis on the premises for various reasons, with federal prohibition being the most often cited reason. New York hospitals were recently given the directive that they will be allowed to permit medical marijuana consumption on the premises. Per Syracuse.com:
The state wants to let patients use medical marijuana in hospitals.
Hospitals will be allowed to create policies allowing patients to use the drug or have caregivers administer it to them under a regulation proposed by the state Health Department. The regulation is expected to go into effect in February.
That proposal is part of an effort by the state to expand New York’s medical marijuana program.
New York has one of the most strict medical marijuana programs in the country, so this policy directive is pretty surprising, but a welcomed surprise for sure. New York does not permit the sales of smoke-able medical marijuana, so I’d imagine most hospitals will not have a hard time coming up with, and enforcing, cannabis policies. I’d love to see a standard set across the country that permits cannabis use by patients. I have had to watch more than a few of my friends and family sneak cannabis use because it helped them while they were in the hospital. It put them at risk while they were already suffering. There has to be a better way.