Ryan's Law Coursework

Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan's Law, also known as the California 2021-2022 Session Senate Bill (SB) 311.  

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  • This bill, the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law, requires specified types of health care facilities to allow a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within the health care facility, subject to certain restrictions. 
  • The bill requires a patient to provide the health care facility with a copy of their medical marijuana card or written documentation that the use of medicinal cannabis is recommended by a physician. 
  • The bill requires a health care facility to reasonably restrict the manner in which a patient stores and uses medicinal cannabis to ensure the safety of other patients, guests, and employees of the health care facility, compliance with other state laws, and the safe operations of the health care facility. 
  • The bill provides that compliance with the bill would not be a condition for obtaining, retaining, or renewing a license as a health care facility. The bill would require that health care facilities permitting patient use of medical cannabis comply with other drug and medication requirements, as specified, and would make those facilities subject to enforcement actions by the State Department of Public Health. 
  • The bill would authorize a health care facility to suspend compliance with these provisions if a regulatory agency, the United States Department of Justice, or the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services takes specified actions, including initiating an enforcement action against a health care facility related to the facility’s compliance with a state-regulated medical marijuana program.

Abstract: Existing California law generally requires the licensure and regulation of various health care facilities, including, among others, a hospice facility.

The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, an initiative measure enacted by the approval of Proposition 215 at the November 5, 1996, statewide general election, prohibits specified criminal penalties from being imposed on a patient or a patient’s primary caregiver who possesses or cultivates cannabis for the personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician. 

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California SB311: Ryan's Law Takes Effect
January 2022. Are you Properly Educated?

Come January, All Californian In-Patient Facilities must allow patients who are at the end-of-life, facing a terminal-illness, to use medical cannabis for the treatment And Alleviation of symptoms associated with Their terminal illness. 

Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants and those in positions that care for terminally ill patients all need to know the “do’s and don’t’s” of medical cannabis, including dosing and contraindications. Learn More Today!

Are you and your colleagues ready? Click on the button below to be taken to a course curated to meet your need of immediately empowering your patients in a compliant and safe manner. You DO NOT need to be an IPA member to take IPA courses, however, IPA members save money.