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  • CMA opposes denying organ transplants for legal medical cannabis patients


    CMA logoCorrection (12/09/2014) - The original version of this blog contained links to an old version of the CMA resolution. The links here have been updated with the amended version, as approved on Saturday.

    The California Medical Association (CMA) made a major decision about medical cannabis today that could reduce needless suffering and preventable death for legal patients who need organ transplants. The CMA House of Delegates voted unanimously to approve Resolution 114-16, which declares that the CMA opposes using cannabis use as grounds for denying an organ transplant.  

    This is an important and timely victory for some of the sickest medical cannabis patients in California. Legal medical cannabis patients are routinely denied a place on the national organ transplant waiting list or removed from the list when they test positive for cannabis use. These patients face a terrible dilemma: forgo the proven benefits of medical cannabis use or miss out on a potentially life-saving transplant. Patients using doctor-recommended cannabis to treat chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, and other serious conditions should never have to make that choice.

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