A Member of the Marin Healthcare District board wants to allow patients to openly use medicinal cannabis at Marin General Hospital.
Former E.R Doctor Wants Medical Marijuana In Hospitals. Dr. Larry Bedard, is a retired emergency medicine physician who used to work at Marin General.
“I want to have Marin General be the first hospital in California to openly and transparently allow patients to use medical cannabis,” said Dr. Larry Bedard
Dr. Bedard was also involved in writing the rebuttal to opposition to Proposition 64. Proposition 64 would make the recreational use of marijuana legal for adults age 21 and older in California
Why is Dr. Bedard Pro Medical Marijuana ?
Dr Bedard strongly believes that adults should be able to choose whether they want to use cannabis or alcohol, which he considers to be far more harmful based on his experience.
“As an emergency physician, I know that marijuana is safer than alcohol,” Bedard said.
Dr Bedard has been involved in many pro medical cannabis campaigns including serving on the California Medical Association task force in regards marijuana. That campaign led to the association recommending the legalization of cannabis.
“I think it is a fantastic idea,” said Frederick Mayer, a retired Marin pharmacist who heads Pharmacists Planning Services Inc.
Mayer points out that Israel has pioneered the use of cannabis for palliative care (relieving pain or alleviating a problem without treating the underlying cause). In some cases marijuana can be substituted for the more dangerous narcotics used for pain management, which can lead to addiction problems.
What’s Next For Dr Bedard
Dr. Bedard is working tirelessly against anti legislation campaigns. Defectors of Proposition 64 have many unfounded reasons why the bill shouldn’t pass. Dr Bedard noted that states where recreational marijuana is legal that impaired driving has decreased, crash risks havn’t increased; that states with legalized marijuana have less youth marijuana use; and that Proposition 64 would allocate new funds to develop legal standards under direction of the California Highway Patrol for measuring driver impairment.