Marijuana Smoker Norman Smith Booted From Cedars Sinai Hospital Liver Transplant List: Medical Pot Advocates Outraged
Medical Marijuana advocates are getting behind the plight of a cancer patient who says he has been kicked off a liver transplant list at Cedars Sinai Medical Center because he smokes medical marijuana.
The California-based group Americans for Safe Access has sent a letter to the Beverly Hills-adjacent hospital asking that 63-year-old Norman B. Smith be re-listed. It says the medical center is demanding the liver cancer patient abstain from pot smoking for six months before it will consider letting him back on the list. Patients who are on medical marijuana have to sign a statement agreeing to stop and to submit to random drug tests, according to the center: If a patient doesn’t stop or fails tests, he can be kicked off the list.