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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