SB 311

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 04, 2021
  • Passed Senate Mar 22, 2021
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan's Law.


Existing law generally requires the licensure and regulation of various health care facilities, including, among others, a hospice facility. The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, an initiative measure enacted by the approval of Proposition 215 at the November 5, 1996, statewide general election, prohibits specified criminal penalties from being imposed on a patient or a patient's primary caregiver who possesses or cultivates cannabis for the personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician. Existing law, known as the Medical Marijuana Program, requires counties to administer an identification card program for qualified patients and provides immunity from arrest to qualified patients with a valid identification card or designated primary caregivers, within prescribed limits. This bill, the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan's Law, would prohibit specified types of health care facilities from prohibiting or interfering with a terminally ill patient's use of medicinal cannabis within the health care facility, subject to certain restrictions. The bill would require a patient to provide the health care facility with a copy of their medical marijuana card or written documentation that the use of medicinal cannabis is recommended by a physician. The bill would authorize a health care facility to reasonably restrict the manner in which a patient stores and uses medicinal cannabis to ensure the safety of other patients, guests, and employees of the health care facility, compliance with other state laws, and the safe operations of the health care facility. The bill would prohibit the department that licenses the health care facility from enforcing these provisions, and compliance with the bill would not be a condition for obtaining, retaining, or renewing a license as a health care facility. The bill would authorize a health care facility to suspend compliance with these provisions if a regulatory agency, the United States Department of Justice, or the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services takes specified actions, including initiating an enforcement action against a health care facility related to the facility's compliance with a state-regulated medical marijuana program.

Bill Sponsors (13)



Mar 22, 2021


In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.


Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 36. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Mar 15, 2021


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Mar 11, 2021


From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (March 10).

Mar 01, 2021


From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Feb 23, 2021


Set for hearing March 10.

Feb 22, 2021


Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 32. Noes 4. Page 272.)


(Ayes 32. Noes 4.)


Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.

Feb 17, 2021


Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Feb 05, 2021


From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 7.

Feb 04, 2021


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/04/21 - Introduced PDF
03/01/21 - Amended Senate PDF

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