Connecticut, Maine: New Laws Permit Medical Marijuana In Hospitals
By Derrick Stanley
New laws in Connecticut and Maine allow the use of medical marijuana formulations by patients who are hospitalized.
This week, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation, HB 5450, to protect nurses who administer medical marijuana to qualified patients in hospitals from any civil, criminal, or disciplinary action. Other provisions in the bill would expand access to medical marijuana to those under the age of 18 and seek to establish a state-sponsored research program.
Maine's Governor Paul LePage signed LD 426 into law recently which also protects hospital administrators and staff from civil or criminal liability if they permit qualified to use non-inhaled forms of medical marijuana in hospitals. The patients would not necessarily be provided or administered medical marijuana under the law, but could receive marijuana products from a third party.
Connecticut and Maine are the first states to specifically provide immunity to hospitals that permit patients to use medical marijuana.