Ryan’s law is named after the late Ryan Bartell. Ryan died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a California native and coast guard veteran before he died in 2018. In the last weeks of his life, Ryan was administered morphine and fentanyl to manage his pain, however, the drugs only made him fall into a deep sleep. His family and friends were unable to converse with him. After days of consulting other healthcare centers, they decided to move him to a facility that permitted medical cannabis treatment for dying patients.