Augusta, Maine | Senator Eric Brakey is introducing a bill in the state of Maine that would allow medical marijuana patients to use their prescription medication on hospital grounds. The bill, LD 35, takes aim at a federal licensing law that prohibits hospital patients from using medical marijuana on hospital premises.
According to a statement by Senator Brakey’s office, the law became the center of his focus when a local family who’s child suffers from epilepsy encountered problems administering medicine on hospital premises. Brakey’s proposed legislation would ensure that hospitals and other medical facilities allow smokeless forms of medical marijuana for their patients.
In a statement from Senator’s office, Brakey said, “This legislation is about protecting patients. The hospitals are not the bad guys here. They are caught between a rock and a hard place in complying with federal law and allowing patients to use a legally prescribed drug.”
“Sick people, including children, need access to their treatments,” Brakey said. “Since the federal government has not taken the steps to address this licensing issue, we must.”