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New Regulatory Development: Administering Medical Cannabis

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New Regulatory Development: Administering Medical Cannabis

On July 6, 2017, CRNNS and CLPNNS circulated revised practice guidelines to all nurses in Nova Scotia outlining the role of the nurse in the administration of medical cannabis, otherwise known as medical marijuana.

CRNNS and CLPNNS have recently been made aware of a government issued class exemption of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) which now authorizes hospital employees, including nurses (licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners), to directly administer medical cannabis to clients who are permitted to use it.

As a result of the exemption, nurses who work in the following settings are now permitted to directly administer medical cannabis to clients:

  • Hospital
  • Licensed Nursing Home
  • Residential or Long-Term-Care Facility

The exemption does not apply to nurses who work in the home care setting. Nurses working in home care are not authorized to directly administer medical cannabis to clients. Nurses working in home care can however, continue to assist in the administration of medical cannabis.

To reflect these changes, CRNNS and CLPNNS have revised the Caring for Clients Authorized to Use Medical Cannabis Practice Guideline. These guidelines provide further information for nurses in all practice settings who are administering or assisting to administer medical cannabis to clients. This document will replace the July 6, 2017 guideline that was previously available on the CRNNS website.

This topic continues to evolve at a rapid pace and we are committed to keeping you informed along the way. If you have any questions, please contact a CRNNS Practice Consultant at practice@crnns.ca.

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