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.”