Organ Transplant Protection for Medical Marijuana Patients

RESOLUTION 15-05.34

Organ Transplant Protection for Medical Marijuana Patients

WHEREAS, in 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215,“Compassionate Use Act of 1996,” to ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief; and

WHEREAS, legal medical cannabis patients in California are routinely denied a place on the national organ transplant list based solely on their doctor-recommended use of medical cannabis, and legal medical cannabis patients have died after being denied an organ transplant solely on their medical cannabis use, and others are in jeopardy right now, and clinical research shows that medical cannabis and compounds in medical cannabis have beneficial immune-suppressive and anti-inflammatory effects which can prolong graft survival in transplant patients as well as there is no association between cannabis use and lower survival rates; and WHEREAS, in December of 2014 the California Medical Association House of Delegates unanimously adopted Resolution 116-14, opposing blanket restrictions of potential organ transplant donors and recipients based solely on reported or detected cannabis use;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the California Democratic Party that no person should be removed from the organ transplant process based solely on a patient’s legal use of medical cannabis which will reduce unnecessary suffering and preventable death by removing harmful and unscientific barriers to life-saving organ transplants for legal medical cannabis patients in California.

Sponsored by Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County and Reform California – Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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