Well Known Medical Marijuana Advocate Kicked Out Of San Francisco Hospital

Angel Raich is a famous medical marijuana activist who suffers from cancer. She has an inoperable tumor in her brain that is terminal, causes her tremendous pain, and often gives her seizures. She is a registered medical marijuana patient in the state of California and this is the only effective medicine for releiving her pain.

She was referred by her doctors to University of California-San Francisco and told that she should prepare to die. When she vaporized her medical marijuana as prescribed by doctors, she was asked to leave the hospital shortly after. A dying patient, using medically prescribed marijuana, kicked out of the hospital. Despicable. SF weekly reports:


Details are scant, but it appears Raich was at UCSF for tests and was using marijuana via a vaporizer at the Parnassus campus when someone — a doctor or a pharmacist — took offense, and told Raich that they’d “call the Feds” unless she stopped using marijuana.

“The pharmacist said, you can’t use cannabis in this hospital,” Raich told the television station. “That’s a death sentence.”

Berkeley-based Dr. Frank Lucido, Raich’s primary care physician, says that Raich needs to use marijuana every two waking hours, and denying her the drug amounts to “malpractice,” according to a statement on Raich’s website. “Angel will suffer imminent harm without access to cannabis.”

Television viewers saw exactly what Lucido is talking about, as Raich suffered a seizure during her brief interview with NBC. Raich was then taken to St. Mary’s Hospital on Stanyan Street, according to NBC.

In a statement, UCSF said that their hospital is “a smoke-free campus and this includes medical marijuana.”

“Any particles from vapor and odor could have an impact on other patients and hospital employees,” the statement read. “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.”


Raich is best known for taking the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis. Pretty gangsta.

It is clear that marijuana is not a conventional drug but when your personal feelings about it override your compassion for another human life, it is deplorable.

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  1. Virosa March 20, 2012 at 08:52

    Disgusting… They'll pump you full of morphine and say cannabis is offensive. So sad, perhaps at the cost of so much pain and suffering it will soon be freed…

  2. davidb March 15, 2012 at 09:24

    I've been following this story for a long, sad time. The pharmacist says "death sentence," and he's right. So much for "do no harm." Go with the Goddess, Angel. There are better places than here.

  3. Jlb462606 March 15, 2012 at 08:33

    All these people are suspect because of there stupidity !!!! Fucked up thing, the hospital would happily get her addicted to "yes heroin" call it what you will, perks, oc's, moraphine, ect ect. This artical discusts me ! And all these anti-marijuana idiots, can't even tell the difference between medical marijuana and industrial hemp.( yes a plant with the capability, not only to help the sick, her brother makes the strongest fabric known to man (obviosly aside from Kevlar and carbon fibre) best bio fuel, paper to stop cutting down forests, clothing. This plant male and female offer such an array of uses. The denial goes so much deeper. Never mind the atrocious act of allowing a woman to suffer because she didnt want big Pharma to be her "drug dealer. All I know is I'd much rather "God" to be my drug dealer!!! Than some corrupt pharmaceutical company also. And the fact industrial hemp on its own, would dig America out of this hole. Put our people back to work, get the farmers growing, hire all the different people in different places, to make all the different things marijuana, and industrial hemp make. Considering that's a fact. How can there denial about this plant not be suspect!!

  4. spacdman March 15, 2012 at 00:22

    That’s just horrible, kicking a dying patient out just because she used the drug that was legally prescribed to her. I wouldn’t want to go to a hospital and be refused of my medication, even though it helps relieve pain, and just be told to “prepare to die”. What’s the world gone on to?

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