AUGUSTA, Maine (WGME) — A kidney patient in Maine has been taken off a transplant wait list for using medical marijuana.
State lawmakers are now considering a bill that would prohibit Maine hospitals from doing that, even though one local hospital says there are medical reasons to disqualify patients who use pot.
Garry Godfrey has Alport Syndrome, a hereditary disease which causes renal failure at a young age. He says it also causes debilitating pain, nausea and anxiety.
“I’ve tried so many pharmaceuticals and none of them worked, but the medical cannabis does,” Godfrey said. “It helps me function. It helps me take care of my kids.”
Godfrey says he needs a new kidney and was put on Maine Medical Center’s transplant list in 2003. In 2010, Maine Med adopted a new policy.