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  • NJ A4793
  • Prohibits restrictions on patient receiving organ transplant based on marijuana use.
In Committee
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/VetoedVeto Overridden
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill prohibits restrictions on an individual receiving an anatomical gift, also known as an organ transplant, solely on the basis of marijuana use. In the case of a current marijuana user, the individual may be deemed ineligible to receive a transplant on the basis of that marijuana use only if, following an individualized evaluation, a physician or surgeon determines the marijuana use to be medically significant to the potential transplant. In no case may an organ transplant be denied solely on the basis of former marijuana use. Nothing in the bill will require referrals or recommendations for, or the performance of, medically inappropriate organ transplants. According to recent news reports, a 20-year-old man, Riley Hancey, was denied an organ transplant by the Utah hospital where he was being treated for a severe bout of pneumonia that caused his lung to collapse. The hospital indicated the denial was based on the fact that Mr. Hancey tested positive for marijuana, and so had "unresolved substance abuse issues," even though his family confirmed that he was not a habitual drug user and in fact had used marijuana only once in the past year. Although he eventually received a double lung transplant at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Hancey subsequently died from surgery-related complications. It is the sponsor's belief that no person should be denied essential medical care based solely on marijuana use.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 5/18/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
5/18/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
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