UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco reportedly kicked out cancer patient Angel Raich for using doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. The hospital asked her to stop using the drug, but she refused.
Angel Raich told NBC Bay Area (video below): “I’m in a state university hospital in the state of California. And I have a right to have the same medical care that any other patient does, and [the pharmacist] says, ‘We’re going to have to ask you to leave then if you’re not going to not use your cannabis.’”
Raich, who has a brain tumor, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.
UCSF Medical Center released a statement that read in part: “Even a vaporized form of medical marijuana releases particles in the air that are damaging to the lung. Any particles from vapor and odor could have an impact on other patients and hospital employees. Under federal and state law, a physician is at legal risk related to any activity that could be construed as prescribing medical marijuana to a patient.”
The Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that banning marijuana for medical use was a reasonable way for Congress to prevent it from being used for other purposes.
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