Cancer Patient Removed From Hospital After Using Medical Marijuana

 by lucy

Angel Raich is a marijuana activist.  She is also a cancer patient, suffering from a terminal inoperable brain tumor.  Her condition is difficult– she suffers from severe headaches, pain, and frequent seizures.

At 46 years old, Raich is coming to terms with the fact that she is reaching the end of her life.  She has worked to ensure her life concludes with both dignity and purpose.

Despite her desire to live peacefully for the rest of the time that she has left, Raich was removed from her hospital room at University of California San Francisco’s Parnassus campus on Monday for using medical marijuana.  Ironically, UCSF is one of the leading teaching hospitals in the United States that researches marijuana’s benefits in treating both pain and cancer symptoms.

While the details of the situation have not been fully released, it seems as though Raich was using a vaporizer to smoke marijuana  at the Parnassus campus when someone who worked at the hospital told Raich that  they would “call the feds” unless she stopped.

Raich’s primary physician, Dr Frank Lucido of Berkley, CA, says that Raich needs to use marijuana every two hours that she is awake, and that denying her this medication amounts to “malpractice.”

In a statement to the press, UCSF said that, “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.”



5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Dpopoff said on Mar 14, 2012

    That’s ridiculous, for one it’s being vaporized and I doubt that it’s going to get the workers stoned. She could easily blow it out a window. I can’t believe that the university researches the benefits and denies someone that needs it to use it

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    dieselhaze said on Mar 16, 2012

    someone who worked at the hospital told Raich that they would “call the feds” unless she stopped. to myself that is complete bullcrap!

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    420PoPz said on Mar 16, 2012

    hopefully some day, the human race will find that compassion, can heal things and and make provisions for alternative medicine…in the future we will look back on this and see how fucking ignorant this hospital policy is, and change will have had to occur…

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    rockmanalways said on Mar 16, 2012

    this goes soooo far past non-compassionate and wrong!!! when someone is not only facing the end of their life but to be in excruciating pain as well as physically ill as well,but a hospital,(whose JOB is to try and make them as comfortable as possible!!!), not only KICKS that person off of their premises and refuses ANY further treatment OR help;but threatens to call the FEDS…what in GODS name is this world coming to?its not like they couldnt have put her in a private room with adequate ventilation so there wouldnt be any danger or pose any harm to any one else!!! so now what……she goes home to where she can atleast vape her brains out,(no pun intended), and may GOD show her more compassion than this hospital did!!!

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    Gossett said on Mar 17, 2012

    Totally fucked up if you ask me.

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