Patient Deleted from Kidney Transplant List Over Medical Marijuana
AUGUSTA, Maine — A victim in need of a kidney donation may not receive the aid he needs now, after if was discovered that he uses medicinal cannabis.
Garry Godfrey suffers from Alport Syndrome, which is a disease known to cause renal failure.
Some of the symptoms include nausea and anxiety, along with pain so severe that it can interrupt in day-to-day functioning.
Because medicinal cannabis helps reduce these symptoms, Godfrey used it when necessary.
But as a result of his medication, his name has been taken off a transplant list for kidneys.
The hospital’s current policy in Maine is to disqualify patients who are known to use marijuana as a medicinal solution.
“I’ve tried so many pharmaceuticals and none of them worked, but the medical cannabis does,” Godfrey told WGME. “It helps me function. It helps me take care of my kids.”
Godfrey was evidently put on Maine Medical Center’s list for kidney transplants back in 2003.
According to reports, the hospital employed a new policy in 2010 that pertains to patients who use marijuana.
“I was informed that they changed their policy, that you can no longer use marijuana,” Godfrey said. “I was taken off the list.”
Garry is only 32-yrs-old and says he is not ready to die.
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