Battle Brews Over Medical Marijuana, Organ Transplants

Seattle man dies awaiting donor liver
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 2:27 PM CDT
Battle Brews Over Medical Marijuana, Organ Transplants
Tim Garon lies in his hospital bed as his girlfriend, Leisa Bueno, leans over to give him a kiss.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Potential organ recipients who are using medically prescribed marijuana are being removed from transplant waiting lists, raising serious questions about transplant programs' screening processes, reports the LA Times. A Seattle man died last month after being denied a donor liver, and a critically ill man in Washington state has been bumped from two lists because he uses pot prescribed by a doctor.

"They are really killing people over this," says the lawyer for both men. Says a social worker in California, like Washington a state in which medical marijuana is legal: "If we are going to discriminate in this way, then we need to inform doctors that maybe they shouldn't be prescribing marijuana." (More medical marijuana stories.)

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