A kidney patient was removed from an organ transplant waiting list due to his use of medical marijuana
The growing use of medical marijuana is changing organ transplantation, similar to how HIV once did, experts say
A rise in the use of medical marijuana has spurred a debate about organ transplantation, and it’s changing some laws across the nation.
Garry Godfrey found out in 2010 that he was removed from an organ transplant waiting list in Maine due to a health risk associated with his use of medical marijuana, CNN affiliate WGME reported. Now Godfrey is speaking out in support of a bill in Maine that would prohibit hospitals from determining a patient’s suitability for transplantation solely on the basis of medical marijuana use (PDF).