It's a first at a Quebec Hospital, and the legacy of a former Sherbrooke newspaperman.
Health professionals at the Sherbrooke University Hospital have approved the use of marijuana for bedridden patients who make the request.
The unanimous decision was made by the 650 members of the Council of Doctors, Dentists and Pharmacists after the late Charles Bury, long time editor of the Sherbrooke record, stirred controversy when he asked to use prescribed marijuana in his room while in palliative care.
Bury was dying of stage four cancer and was given permission to use a marijuana vaporizer in his room to ease his pain.
His doctor, Carl Bromwych, says that triggered the committee that created the policy.
“We had to figure out a way to accommodate patients, give the best care that we can, and for some patients that’s the drug that does the best job," he said.
“M. Bury spearheaded it, he laid a very carefully planned out trap and I fell into it. The result is great, it’s exactly what he would have wanted, that the hospital address this in a formal way,” Bromwych said.
The policy says the patient’s doctor must approve the use of marijuana in the hospital, and the patient must use a vaporiser in a private room.
The marijuana must also be approved by Health Canada.
The patient must also be unable to leave the hospital, mobile patients will smoke outside.