Memo to medical marijuana patients – keep your liver healthy. Add Southern California medi-pot user Norman Smith to the tragic list of liver cancer and Hepatitis C patients who have been denied a chance to receive a healthy transplanted liver because they happen to use medicinal cannabis to treat their affliction. Smith, 63, of Playa del Ray, was removed from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) list of patients waiting for a transplant due to his medicinal cannabis use coupled with his absence from a scheduled drug test.
The only way for cancer-stricken Smith to get back on the list of potential liver recipients is to forego using medical marijuana for a staggering six months while submitting to random drug testing and counseling. For his part, Smith requested that Cedars-Sinai reinstate his name on the list immediately – no report if the hospital responded. Smith told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s frustrating … I have inoperable cancer. If I don’t get a transplant, the candle’s lit and it’s a short fuse.”